Politics & Government

West Madison polling location at Covenant Presbyterian Church workers are behind plexiglass passing ballots to voters. (Photo: Melanie Conklin)

Lawyer: Court ignored its own rules in hearing on postponing election

BY: - April 8, 2020

A lawyer is questioning the state Supreme Court’s consideration of briefs from three outside parties opposing Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order to postpone Tuesday’s election, while rejecting a motion to enter the case from voting rights groups he represents who favored the postponement. The three briefs that the high court accepted before ruling 4-2 against […]

Wisconsin Capitol and the Forward statue wearing a protective face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: Nazan Gillie

Cooperation on Wisconsin COVID-19 responses hangs in the balance

BY: - April 8, 2020

A draft of a Republican omnibus bill for a legislative session on COVID-19 response includes some measures — such as temporarily removing a one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits to start — that work in concert with the executive branch and other elected officials to help Wisconsinites weather the pandemic, but one key provision also […]

Picture still murky one day after election

BY: - April 8, 2020

One day after Wisconsin’s spring election, the state has just a smattering of the data needed to get a full picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced voting behaviors.  Since polls closed, a handful of municipalities have reported the number of ballots received so far; a presidential candidate on yesterday’s ballots dropped out of the […]

Baldwin: Open up the ACA marketplace enrollment now

BY: - April 8, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has been pushing to make health insurance available to more Americans during the pandemic by reopening the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, which normally has an open enrollment period in November and the first half of December. When the ACA was passed it included a provision that allowed for special enrollment […]


Bernie Sanders drops out, a ‘gut punch’ for Wisconsin progressives

BY: - April 8, 2020

The news that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the race to be the Democratic nominee for president, coming the day after Wisconsin’s chaotic primary election, is a “gut punch,” says Mike McCabe, the head of Our Revolution Wisconsin, the grassroots group that grew out of Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. “The last couple […]

A poll worker sits outside of Washington High School wearing a protective mask. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Racial disparities illustrated by Milwaukee’s long voter lines

BY: - April 8, 2020

Election day in Milwaukee offered sobering sights at the five out of 180 polling sites that remained open in the city of more than 600,000. Lines stretched for several blocks, filled with people young and old exercising their right to vote in the middle of a pandemic. Voters waited into the night, even as the […]

Judge Jill Karofsky (via Jill for Justice)

Jill Karofsky on Wisconsin’s election mess

BY: - April 7, 2020

In a video-chat press conference at 4:00 pm on Election Day, Judge Jill Karofsky, candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court, thanked poll workers and others who are serving the public during the pandemic, and reminded voters that if they get in line by 8:00 pm, “you can stay in that line until you are able to […]

‘All things considered’ Wisconsin does its best to vote

BY: - April 7, 2020

Wisconsin’s 2020 spring election will be graded on a curve — well, two actually.  The first curve is how well election officials were able to handle holding in-person voting during a pandemic. The second curve is how sharply the number of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 cases will jump after thousands of people around the state were forced […]

Voter at the entrance to Madison polling station wearing a bandana covering her face.

Pandemic mother-daughter voting

BY: - April 7, 2020

The very first time our newborn daughter went anywhere outside of the house after coming home from the hospital it was to go to our polling place with me to vote in a Wisconsin election. She was just a few days old. Tuesday, that daughter — she’s now 21 years old — and I set […]

Madison voting

PHOTOS: Madison goes to the polls during pandemic

BY: - April 7, 2020

Around Wisconsin, voters headed to the polls Tuesday despite concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. After days of uncertainty, a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision Monday afternoon meant there would be in-person voting in this year’s spring election. On the ballot is the presidential primary, a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and local offices around […]

Activists showed up; lawmakers did not

BY: - April 7, 2020

For several weeks, Laura Valderrama has been watching the growing alarm over whether Wisconsin lawmakers would really try to force state residents to vote on April 7, exposing themselves to the spreading novel coronavirus. A week ago, she and friends decided to try to do something about it. On Saturday, five of them traveled to […]

Voters casting ballots. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Wisconsin’s closed polls

BY: - April 6, 2020

Wisconsin’s April 7 election has been subject to confusion, whiplash and litigation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s order Monday evening that Gov. Tony Evers does not have the authority to postpone the election by executive order, the state will hold in-person voting Tuesday. But in-person voting has already been greatly affected […]