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The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act requires a bigger gap between elections, so that overseas and military voters have time to receive and return their ballots.

Minnesota has responded by moving their election to August, but this is a terrible month to expect voters to be engaged. Instead, let’s take a fresh look at the entire election calendar.

Here is a new proposal. We now have elections each spring. Let’s consolidate them and hold them every other year.

By having more local offices in one election, voter participation might be enhanced.

This would free up the schedule in the even numbered years so the partisan primary and the presidential primary could be held at the optimum time, independent of the nonpartisan elections.

See details of this proposal at www.fairelectionswi.com/Calendar.htm.

β€” Paul Malischke, Madison

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