Elections Commission warns clerks of primary election weather problems

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Elections Commission is warning local clerks and election inspectors to be prepared for possible flooding, ice and snow in parts of the state during Tuesday’s nonpartisan primary election.

In a memo to clerks, the Elections Commission administrator said the primary will go on regardless of weather. Clerks must open the polls at 7 a.m. and have at least three election inspectors at a polling location at any one time, he said.

The commission told clerks to work with their public works departments to ensure that the polling places are cleared of snow and ice and remain open until 8 p.m. The memo also outlines what to do if a polling place loses power.

The weather will likely depress turnout in what was already expected to be a low-turnout primary. Statewide, voters will narrow a field of three candidates for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court to two ahead of the April general election.

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