Who holds elections on a Monday, anyway?
And why would anyone in their right mind choose to hold a primary right smack dab in the middle of the Christmas and Hanukah holidays? (Speaker Robin Vos has just asked Gov. Evers to change the date, ostensibly out of tender regard for the sensibilities of Wisconsin Jews, who would be celebrating the last day of Hanukah on Dec. 30.)
“I’m not aware of any elections being held before on a Monday, nor between Christmas and New Year’s Day,” says Reid Magney, public information officer for the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The Elections Commission suggested a range of dates for Evers to choose from, including holding it concurrent with the spring election, Magney adds. And the Commission alerted Evers that there might be problems holding a primary during the Christmas holidays, including difficulty finding poll workers, Magney says.
Having a primary during the holidays just isn’t cool.
As Rep. Mark Pocan told reporters a few weeks ago, “If you have a primary or a general around Christmas … you get terrible turnout. … That doesn’t benefit anyone. You should want as many people as possible to participate.”
That’s precisely the point here: Evers has made a decision that is anti-democratic, small “d.” Because of his decision, the turnout is likely to be one of the lowest in Wisconsin history.