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The Latest: Search for new elections chief tabled again

The city of Green Bay, and local polling places around the area prepare for election day, October 31, 2016. (WLUK)

MADISON (AP) -- The Latest on the state Elections Commission's deliberations on whether to launch a search for a new adminstrator (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

The state Elections Commission has put off voting on whether to launch a search for a new administrator.

Republicans who control the state Senate refused to confirm current Administrator Michael Haas last week, saying they can't trust him because he worked for a board that investigated Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

Republican Commissioner Dean Knudson proposed replacing Haas and launching a search for a new administrator days after the Senate vote. The commission instead voted to retain Haas and tabled Knudson's proposal.

Knudson renewed his motion Wednesday but the commission voted 4-2 to table it again, this time until a March 2 meeting. Commission Chairman Mark Thomsen, a Democrat, says everyone needs more time to figure out what to do.

Haas told reporters after the vote that some state agencies aren't recognizing him as the legitimate administrator, forcing other commission employees to deal with them.

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8:45 a.m.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is about to consider launching a search for a new administrator after the state Senate refused to confirm Michael Haas.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald demanded Haas resign in December, saying he couldn't trust him because he worked for the now-defunct Government Accountability Board. That board investigated Gov. Scott Walker's campaign activities.

Haas refused to step down. The Senate refused to confirm Haas last week. The commission voted days later to keep him on the job anyway, creating confusion over whether the position is legally filled.

Republican Commissioner Dean Knudson proposed replacing Haas and launching a search for a new administrator. The commission rejected the first part of his motion by retaining Haas but tabled the search proposal.

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