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Special election uncertainty causes headache for clerks

Chippewa County (WQOW)-The 7th Congressional District special election is posing some problems for clerks, because when the election will be held is still up in the air.

Governor Tony Evers was forced to move the original dates because they violated federal law.

Right now, it is unknown when the election will be held.

Chippewa County Clerk Jaclyn Sadler said it’s difficult to plan because they have to create the ballots, set deadlines for absentee voting, and get everything ready for municipal clerks, all without a set election date.

“Right now we’re just kind of in a holding pattern knowing that we can’t control anything, so we’ll wait to hear that word from the governor if he does issue another executive order on when to change the date,” Sadler said. “We’ll get our information from the Wisconsin Elections Commissions and we’ll just go forward. We just want to make sure that everyone that wants to vote gets to vote.”

Sadler said right now they’re doing what they can ahead of time, like getting supplies ready for absentee envelopes.

She said the cost of the special election is still in the air because they’re unsure what the turnout will be.

So far, three Republicans have announced runs for the seat, no Democrats have filed paperwork yet

Shannon Satterlee

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