Tuesday is Election Day statewide in Wisconsin

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    Tuesday is primary day in Wisconsin — and everyone in the state has at least one election to cast a ballot in with a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat narrowing candidates from three down to two.

    Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly, who was appointed by former Gov. Scott Walker in 2016, faces an election to the Supreme Court for the first time this year. Kelly represented state Republicans at the federal level defending them against what Democrats contended were gerrymandered maps back in 2011.

    On the progressive side of the ballot are two contenders, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karovsky and Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone.

    The candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and the other two will face off in the state-wide general election on April 7 for a 10-year term. That’s the same day as Wisconsin’s presidential primary.

    Currently the Wisconsin Supreme Court tilts in the favor of conservatives 5 to 2.

    Other Feb 18 primaries: 

    There is a Congressional seat special election primary for the district that was represented by Sean Duffy until he stepped down last fall.  Normally a partisan race would not be on the spring ballot, but because Duffy left office early, this is a special election being held to fill his seat.

    Republicans Tom Tiffany and Jason Church are vying to represent their party (along with Michael Opela as a Republican write in candidate.) Democratic candidates Tricia Zunker and Lawrence Dale are competing on the Democratic side of the ballot. The winning Republican and winning Democrat will face one another in April for the right to go to Washington to represent the Northern Wisconsin district.

    In Milwaukee there are primaries for both mayor and county executive races.

    Communities all across the state have other nonpartisan races for mayor, school board and local city councils or other municipal, village or town governments.

    How to vote

    For more information on what is on your ballot, check with the State of Wisconsin Elections Commission My Vote site, offered in both English and Spanish. Put in your address and the site will show what is on your ballot, your polling location, whether you are registered to vote and who represents you currently at all levels of government. 

    You can also check your registration, update your address and order future absentee ballots there.  

    You do need a photo ID as explained here to vote in Wisconsin. (It does not need to have your current address unless you are registering to vote on election day.)

    If you aren’t registered, you can do so at your polling place with proper identification. You need a document that has your full name and current address (think driver’s license, paycheck or utility bill.) 

    Similar information and links are available from the Wisconsin League of Women Voters.

    Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.