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Wisconsin GOP Double Agent

If the Wisconsin legislature can't vote until they have a Democrat present to create a quorum, can't one of the GOP switch parties and announce himself "present" as a Democrat?

And how long until the Democrats can be declared to have abdicated their offices and a special election can be held to fill their vacant seats?

UPDATE: Commenter William Schumacher correctly observes that the necessary quorum does not require a Democreat, per say, but 20 persons present - and the GOP have only 19. So, skip my first question and move to my second: what is the timeframe for abdication?

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From what I understand it is not the one Democrat that is the problem it is that they need one more elected Senator to make a quorum. The Senate can not conduct any bussiness unless there are a certain number of members present. This is common amoung most groups of people conducting any type of business.

A flaw in their constitution has been exposed. The framers never envisioned a whole group would abandon their responsibilitys en masse. This action if there is no time limit could shut down the state govt. till the next election. There is no limit to how far baby killers who think rectums are sex organs will stoop. Perhaps they could be sued. A supeona can probably be served acrooss state lines.

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