Henry Redman

Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.

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Hundreds of local leaders send letter to Gov. Evers calling for more action on election safety

By: - March 24, 2020

More than 200 local officials sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) calling the state’s efforts to ensure the safety of the April 7 election insufficient. The letter was a joint project between The League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Towns Association and […]

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‘Our biggest fear is what we don’t know’

By: - March 24, 2020

As most Wisconsin residents retreat into their homes following a “safer-at-home” order from Gov. Tony Evers to fight the spread of COVID-19, county human services workers and domestic violence victims’ advocates are concerned about the wellbeing of their vulnerable clients.  With kids home from school and many adults home from work, there are more opportunities […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chamber, State Capitol Building, Madison

Supreme Court postpones jury trials, stops in-person appearances due to virus

By: - March 23, 2020

Less than a week after Wisconsin court officials said some in-person appearances and jury trials would continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic because they involved “liberty issues,” the state Supreme Court issued two orders Sunday effectively halting those functions.  In the week since courts instituted a partial slowdown of the justice system, the number of COVID-19 […]

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How, where and when to vote during a pandemic

By: - March 20, 2020

On Friday evening, March 20, a federal judge extended the deadline for online voter registration in Wisconsin until March 30, in response to a lawsuit brought by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and the Democratic National Committee. U.S. District Court Judge William Conley issued the order extending online registration, in light of the impact of the ongoing […]

Wisconsin Elections Commission poll worker training. (Photo: WEC)

Elections Commission asks governor for help with April 7 voting

By: - March 20, 2020

As a growing number of public officials and advocates call for statewide mail-in voting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers asking for assistance in holding in-person voting on April 7.  The letter, from WEC Administrator Meagan Wolfe, asks for the governor to […]

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Appleton, Green Bay, Neenah mayors express concern over election safety

By: - March 20, 2020

Amid mounting legal and public pressure from interest groups, political parties and government officials to delay Wisconsin’s April 7 election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, three mayors advocated for an entirely vote-by-mail spring election. Dean Kaufert of Neenah, Timothy Hanna of Appleton and Eric Genrich of Green Bay held a remote press conference […]

WEC staffers Michelle Hawley and Sara Linski train poll workers in Brookfield, Wis. in 2018

Elections Commission searching for answers on safety of April election

By: - March 19, 2020

This story has been updated to reflect the accurate deadline to request an absentee ballot online. The deadline is April 2.  For nearly three hours Wednesday, as the clock ticked and the COVID-19 pandemic continued to worsen, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) debated what it should do to ensure a safe and fair election can […]

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Wisconsin state courts system limits work due to COVID-19

By: - March 18, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of county circuit courts, one tribal court and the state Wisconsin Supreme Court have canceled non-essential activities and undergone a major slowdown of the justice system.  In the circuit courts, essential activities include any hearings that are required by state law to happen within a certain […]

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Extra pens, sanitized voting machines and absentee ballots

By: - March 16, 2020

Elections clerks around Wisconsin typically have plans for what to do if an election is impacted by a fire, a power outage or other crises. But now, election officials around the state find themselves preparing for an election impacted by a global pandemic.  Wisconsin’s spring election is set to take place on April 7 — […]

Video-conferencing in a Wisconsin courtroom. Defendants in court cases are increasingly having their day in court remotely. (Photo by Henry Redman)

Wisconsin courts embrace a practice banned in other states

By: - February 25, 2020

The defense attorney — usually a court-appointed public defender — has to make a choice.  She can either sit in the courtroom, where she can speak privately with the judge or prosecutor. Or she  can sit in a conference room in a county jail beneath fluorescent lights and behind a steel door, where she can […]