Election 2022

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 […]


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 […]

Alex Lasry and Mandela Barnes

Lasry is second Democrat to quit Senate primary, endorse Barnes

BY: - July 27, 2022

Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry dropped out of the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Wednesday, two weeks before the Aug. 9 election in which Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes has been leading in the polls. Lasry, who had been a close second, threw his support to Barnes at a joint appearance Wednesday afternoon in which both […]

Voters march to the polls after the early voting event at the Midtown Center. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Activists, county officials kick off early voting in Milwaukee

BY: - July 27, 2022

Voting rights activists, community organizers and elected officials gathered at the Midtown Center in Milwaukee Tuesday to mark the first day of early voting for the Aug. 9 primary election — a call to the polls that focused on the voting power of minority and marginalized communities. Voting is a means to shape democracy, Anita […]

Tom Nelson (Screenshot | WisPolitics)

Nelson drops Democratic primary bid for Senate, endorses Barnes

BY: - July 25, 2022

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson dropped out of the Senate Democratic primary race Monday, throwing his support to Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. Nelson, who was the first to formally declare he would run to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, consistently polled behind Barnes as well as Alex Lasry and Sarah Godlewski.  “We ran out […]

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GOP candidates for governor promise to cut taxes, eliminate agencies and limit abortion

BY: - July 25, 2022

In a debate between three of the candidates vying to be the Republican nominee for governor of Wisconsin, former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, businessman Tim Michels and state Rep. Tim Ramthun promised to cut taxes in a variety of ways, limit abortion access in Wisconsin even further and eliminate state agencies.  The debate, held at […]

Pro-choice protesters wave to passing traffic on the Highway 12 bridge over the Wisconsin River at Sauk City on Saturday, May 14, to voice support for legal abortion access. | Photo by Christina Lieffring

Republicans in Congress shy away from campaigning on national abortion platform

BY: - July 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans, hoping to flip control of Congress in the November elections, appear to have decided against campaigning on a unified abortion platform that would specify exactly what conservatives plan to do if given control of the U.S. House and Senate.  Yet Republicans in Congress have written dozens of proposals that, if passed, would […]

Man inserting his election ballot into an official drop box

Wisconsin Supreme Court declares absentee ballot drop boxes are illegal

BY: - July 8, 2022

In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that absentee ballot drop boxes are illegal and voters must send their ballots by mail or deliver them in-person to local clerks.  The court’s four conservative members decided that the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) gave inappropriate advice in its guidance to local elections clerks that drop […]

Kevin Nicholson | Photo via Nicholson for Wisconsin campaign

Nicholson drops out of GOP governor’s race

BY: - July 5, 2022

On Tuesday, Republican candidate Kevin Nicholson announced he is dropping out of the primary race for governor. Nicholson, a Marine Corps veteran and self-described “political outsider,” was the choice of 10% of Republican voters polled by the Marquette University Law School Poll last month, compared with 27% for construction company executive Tim Michels and 26% […]

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Small business owners grill Democrats running for Senate

BY: - June 28, 2022

Corrine Hendrickson operates a child care center in New Glarus. She wants to know  what the Democrats vying to run against Sen. Ron Johnson plan to do about child care.  “Do you support investments in the child care workforce, and also increasing subsidies to make child care more affordable, accessible and available and higher quality? […]