Battle for the Ballot

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chamber, State Capitol Building, Madison

Trump’s Wisconsin lawsuits drag on as Electoral College meets Monday

BY: - December 14, 2020

  Update: The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling rejecting the Trump campaign’s lawsuit on Monday. Justice Brian Hagedorn sided with the Court’s three liberals, Justices Ann Walsh Bradley, Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky. Hagedorn wrote the majority opinion, which found that the effort to throw out the votes in Dane County and Milwaukee County cast […]

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Wisconsin AG sees racism and ‘untold harm’ to democracy by Republicans disputing election results

BY: - December 1, 2020

Republicans — including Wisconsin Elections Commission member Dean Knudson, a former Republican legislator — continue to try and cast doubts on the Wisconsin presidential election results even after the Trump campaign’s recount added to Joe Biden’s winning margin. As expected, President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit disputing the election results on Tuesday morning with the […]

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The painful, futile, ridiculous Wisconsin recount

BY: - November 25, 2020

What better way to spend a snowy, slushy Thanksgiving week than gathering during a pandemic with your community to recount ballots in a presidential election that was not remotely close?  In the only two Wisconsin counties where President Donald Trump paid for a recount — Dane and Milwaukee — there is no doubt whom the […]

"I voted" stickers in Primrose (Photo by Henry Redman)

Wisconsin’s divisive presidential recount begins

BY: - November 19, 2020

President Donald Trump’s campaign filed for a partial recount of Wisconsin’s presidential election results on Wednesday, focusing solely on the Democratic strongholds of Dane and Milwaukee counties, for which the campaign has already paid the state $3 million by wire transfer, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. A full statewide recount would have cost the […]

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Federal case to throw out votes in Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee counties dismissed

BY: - November 16, 2020

The three plaintiffs in the case filed in federal court in Green Bay seeking to throw out the votes in Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee counties voluntarily dismissed their own action less than an hour before Monday’s scheduled hearing with the court.  The case, Langenhorst v. Pecore, led by Indiana-based conservative attorney James Bopp of True the […]

Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system implementation manager, reassured Georgians every legal vote will count in this election. Some supporters of President Donald Trump doubt it. Jill Nolin/Georgia Recorde

In Georgia Biden gains lead as Trump faithful question state’s GOP-run election

BY: - November 6, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has pulled slightly ahead of President Donald Trump in Georgia, giving him a slim 1,096-vote edge over the incumbent president in a once reliably red state. The overnight gain came as a Democratic stronghold south of Atlanta, Clayton County, submitted more election results. Biden has slowly chipped away at Trump’s […]

Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Battleground states count mail ballots, with Biden just shy of votes to clinch presidency

BY: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two days after Election Day, the nation waited for vote-counting to finish in several critical states, where the tallying of mail ballots has left Democrat Joe Biden just short of the votes needed to become the next president. Thursday’s updated totals could push Biden beyond the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory […]

Protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000

Could Wisconsin’s 2020 election turn out like Florida’s in 2000?

BY: - November 3, 2020

Hundreds of volunteers around Wisconsin are engaging in election protection work this year, says Jay Heck, executive director of the state chapter of Common Cause. “There has been an incredible outpouring of support and volunteering on the part of citizens from all over the state.” Volunteers are working the phones, making themselves available to help […]

Stacks of boxes holding mail are seen at a U.S. Post Office sorting center. Photo by Justin Sullivan | Getty Images

Judge orders USPS to accelerate ballot delivery in Wisconsin

BY: - November 1, 2020

A U.S. district court judge in Washington ordered the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Friday to speed up the delivery of ballots ahead of Tuesday’s general election. The order comes just days after a U.S. House investigation found that USPS mail delivery timeliness has declined in the last several months, leading to significant mail delays.  […]

Chief Justice Patience Roggensack (photo from Wisconsin Eye video of oral arguments in Wisconsin Legislature v. Andrea Palm)

Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to take Outagamie ballot case, leaving confusion

BY: - October 29, 2020

The conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a petition from the clerks of Outagamie and Calumet counties asking for guidance on how to correct a printing error on more than 13,500 absentee ballots.  The decision, just days before the election, leaves local officials without clear guidance over how to make sure voters’ ballots […]

A older voter brought a chair rather than stand for at least an hour. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Absentee ballot rejections could disproportionately harm people of color, ACLU report shows

BY: - October 29, 2020

Wisconsin voters are voting by mail in record numbers this year, many of them people of color in Milwaukee and Dane counties. This shift to mail-in voting and the potential pitfalls of that method may disproportionately affect the votes of non-white people, an ACLU report shows.  The report finds that non-white voters are 5% more […]

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Wisconsin nears absentee request deadline, ballots shouldn’t be mailed

BY: - October 28, 2020

The deadline for registered voters in Wisconsin to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, Oct. 29. Elections officials say that from now until Election Day absentee ballots should be brought to local drop boxes or handed directly to local clerks — rather than put in the mail — to ensure the ballot arrives by 8 […]