- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the state elections board could be compromised of partisan appointees again, rather than nonpartisan retired judges.

Republicans have been critical of the current structure of the Government Accountability Board, which was created in 2006 as a replacement for the Elections Board which was widely viewed as ineffective and too partisan.

But Republican legislative leaders say they want to overhaul the board next year. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he’s looking at perhaps lessening the power and influence of board staff.

Fitzgerald said Thursday that he was open to the idea of going back to the model of partisan appointees, but it was still being discussed.

He predicts if that change is made “certainly the Democrats will demagogue on it.”



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