Election 2022

Wisconsinites will vote in an election for governor this year and the other executive offices, state legislators, a U.S. Senator, all eight members of Congress, as well as local officials including judges and school board members. Even as the 2022 election began, new voting maps, which must be redrawn after each U.S. Census, were the subject of ongoing court battles.

Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman leads the partisan review of the 2020 election. (YouTube | Office of the Special Counsel)

Vos fires Gableman, ending scandal-plagued 2020 election investigation

BY: - August 12, 2022

On Friday, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos fired Michael Gableman, the former Supreme Court justice Vos had appointed last year to lead the Office of Special Counsel, investigating Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election.  After spending more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars to investigate election conspiracy theories over the last 14 months, threatening to jail the […]

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How Wisconsin’s close elections shape — and are shaped by — national politics

BY: - August 12, 2022

Many political observers see Wisconsin’s gubernatorial contest as a proxy war between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. “If November is a referendum on Biden, Republicans win. If it’s a referendum on Trump, Democrats win,” said JR Ross, editor of WisPolitics, quoting the conventional wisdom expressed by political consultants of both parties during […]

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WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 05: Former President Donald Trump greets supporters during a rally on August 05, 2022 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Former President Trump endorsed Republican candidate Tim Michels in the governor's race against candidate Rebecca Kleefisch, who is supported by former Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

How Trumpy are we, Wisconsin?

BY: - August 10, 2022

Like a summer storm, Donald Trump blew through the Wisconsin Republican primary, propelling his chosen candidate, construction company owner Tim Michels, to victory over the establishment-picked former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. At a rally in Waukesha for Michels last Friday, Trump not only attacked Kleefisch, whom he called “the handpicked candidate of a failed establishment,” […]

It’s primary election day: Here’s who and what are on the ballot

BY: - August 9, 2022

Primary elections to choose challengers to incumbent officials top the list of elections around Wisconsin today. Which Republicans will run against Gov. Tony Evers and Atty. Gen. Josh Kaul, both Democrats, in November? Which Democrat will challenge Republican Sen. Ron Johnson? Democrats in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District also will choose a candidate to run for […]

The Milwaukee County Courthouse. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Voting access in Milwaukee County jail in question

BY: - August 8, 2022

Ahead of Tuesday’s primary and the general election in November, voting access is a growing concern in Wisconsin, particularly as new policies restrict the use of absentee ballots and drop boxes.  Ballot access is also a concern in county jails, including in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city. Linea Sundstrom, an organizer with the Milwaukee-based voter […]

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Candidates in Republican attorney general primary promise tough-on-crime policies

BY: - August 8, 2022

In the three-person Republican primary for Wisconsin attorney general, all the candidates promise to bring tough-on-crime policies to the state Department of Justice — although only one of them has law enforcement experience.  The race is between Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney, former state Rep. Adam Jarchow and attorney Karen Mueller, but […]

Abortion bans, COVID lockdowns and income tax repeal are key issues in Republican Lt. Gov primary

BY: - August 5, 2022

The crowded primary race to be the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor this fall includes eight candidates from a variety of backgrounds, but support for Wisconsin’s 1849 felony abortion ban and tax cuts and continued opposition to measures instituted to stop the spread of COVID-19 in 2020 have dominated the race.  The position of lieutenant […]

Rendering of the blue donkey in a spotlight representing the Democratic political party, on top of the American Flag.

Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor make their final pitch

BY: - August 5, 2022

The two candidates in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, which takes place Tuesday, Aug. 9, both say re-electing Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is their top priority. “For us, it’s all about making sure that Gov. Evers gets re-elected,” says Peng Her, founder and CEO of the Hmong Institute, who served on Evers’ 2018 transition […]

Republican commissioners propose barriers to absentee requests in wake of right-wing activist fraud

BY: - August 4, 2022

Two Republican members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission said during a meeting Wednesday that they are in favor of adding barriers to the state’s online absentee ballot request system to make it harder for people to impersonate someone else and request a ballot.  The statements came just one week after Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling […]

Voting rights activists and others gathering at the Midtown Center in Milwaukee on the first day of early voting in July, 2022. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County Board split on ballot referenda for November

BY: - August 1, 2022

November referendum proposals have caused a stir on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Two referenda, one dealing with banning assault-style weapons and another regarding cannabis legalization, passed, while another referendum that would have asked voters about abortion bans was rejected. Although the passage of the two referenda has earned the praise of some board […]

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Godlewski leaves Senate race, solidifying Barnes as likely Democratic nominee

BY: - July 29, 2022

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski suspended her U.S. Senate campaign Friday and endorsed Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes as the Democratic candidate to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson. During a joint announcement Friday morning at a Fitchburg child care center, Godlewski ticked off the issues she had championed in her campaign — including women’s reproductive rights,  […]

Racine Co. Sheriff alleges online voting tool vulnerable to fraud

BY: - July 29, 2022

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling alleged on Wednesday that there are “vulnerabilities” in Wisconsin’s statewide election website because people can request absentee ballots under someone else’s name. Election officials responded that this is a crime and the fact that someone can commit a crime doesn’t mean it’s a vulnerability.  In the process of searching for […]

Election 2022

Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States and its component states, counties and cities express our opinions and preferences. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of questions. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process.

Deadlines

July 20

Deadline to register online or by mail for August primary

August 2

Deadline to request absentee ballots

August 5

Deadline to return ballots

August 9

Partisan primary

October 19

Deadline to register for general

November 3

Deadline to request absentee ballots

November 8

General Election Day

Voter Guide

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