Battle for the Ballot

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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 […]

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh attends his ceremonial swearing in in the East Room of the White House October 08, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was confirmed in the Senate 50-48 after a contentious process that included several women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In ‘ominous’ decision for democracy, Supreme Court rejects Wisconsin’s absentee ballot appeal 

BY: - October 27, 2020

On Monday evening, just minutes before President Donald Trump held a Rose Garden ceremony to swear in Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the Court rejected an appeal to extend the deadline for counting mail-in ballots in Wisconsin.  Ballots that are mailed before Election Day but arrive after Nov. 3 will not count, under the […]

AG Kaul: Voter intimidation is illegal, breaking that law risks jail time

BY: - October 19, 2020

Anyone planning on scaring voters at the polls had better be ready to go to jail, said Attorney General Josh Kaul. Voter intimidation is against the law in Wisconsin. And Kaul wants to make certain voters know it  — and know what to do if they witness or experience any kind of intimidation at the […]

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

Voters and election officials push forward in the face of politics, lawsuits and infections

BY: - October 16, 2020

Since April the COVID-19 pandemic and Wisconsin’s 2020 election cycle have been on a collision course. Now, with just over two weeks remaining until Election Day, the crash is happening.  According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, 77,448 people have registered to vote since Oct. 1. In that same time period, 37,164 more Wisconsinites tested positive […]

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The Wisconsin GOP’s Trump problem

BY: - October 16, 2020

With just over two weeks to go before the 2020 election, Wisconsin is at the center of our nation’s political upheaval. Democrats are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow election officials more time to count an avalanche of absentee ballots. Meanwhile, a COVID-positive President Donald Trump is coming to Janesville on Saturday. To […]

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Wisconsin election case heads to U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 13, 2020

The group of organizations suing to loosen some Wisconsin election laws to help with accessing the vote during the COVID-19 pandemic applied for the case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.  The groups had initially won some relief in district court when Judge William Conley extended deadlines around requesting and returning […]

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An absentee ballots for the April 7 election. (Photo by Henry Redman)

Counting absentee ballots early is a good idea

BY: - October 13, 2020

On Tuesday, Sen. Chris Larson, along with 22 other Wisconsin legislators, sent a letter to the Republican leaders urging them to meet in extraordinary session to pass a law that would allow clerks to start counting absentee ballots before Election Day. This is an eminently good idea. Wisconsin is one of only two swing states […]

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Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

BY: - October 9, 2020

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election offices — access election lawyers say would be unprecedented, […]

In this file photo Michelle Orengo-McFarlane looks for her name on a voter registration list in San Francisco, California. Some voters don't discover they've been purged from the voter rolls until they go to vote. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

List maintenance or voter suppression: How the practice of maintaining voter lists became polarized

BY: - October 8, 2020

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls.  In 2019, Ohio removed more than 460,000 voter registration files from its list. Georgia removed 313,000 people from its rolls in October 2019 alone, and in Michigan, from 2011 to 2018, 1.2 million voters were removed from voter […]