Fearing that Democrats hold a crucial edge in ballots cast before Election Day, national Republicans are working to convince their voters to take advantage of mail and early voting this year. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

GOP backs voting by mail, yet turns to courts to restrict it in battleground states

BY: - February 25, 2024

Fearing that Democrats hold a crucial edge in ballots cast before Election Day, national Republicans are working to convince their voters to take advantage of mail and early voting this year. “We can’t play catch up. We can’t start from behind. We can’t let Dems get a big head start and think we’re going to […]

A crowd gathers at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society to discuss voting rights and access. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Voting rights advocates call for removal of Election Commissioner Spindell

BY: - February 20, 2024

Voting rights advocates gathered at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society in Milwaukee on Monday night, calling for the resignation of Robert Spindell, a conservative member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Controversy has lingered around Spindell who, after the 2022 election, celebrated a decline in turnout in the city’s Black and Latino neighborhoods as a benefit […]

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What’s on the ballot and how to vote in 2024 Spring elections

BY: - February 19, 2024

Wisconsin’s 2024 election cycle is set to kick off Tuesday with the nonpartisan spring primary election. Local races across the state with more than two candidates vying for seats will be on the ballot to determine who will run in the spring general election on April 2.  On Tuesday, the highest profile race will be […]

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Should Evers sign or veto the voting maps the Legislature gave him?

BY: - February 16, 2024

Democrats and democracy advocates in Wisconsin are divided over what Gov. Tony Evers should do now that Republicans in the Legislature have approved the exact voting maps Evers advocated. Evers has until Tuesday to sign or veto the maps. If he signs them, as he said he would if the Legislature really gave him his […]

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Senate elections committee holds hearing on prohibiting ranked choice, out-of-state student voting

BY: - February 9, 2024

The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Shared Revenue, Consumer Protection and Elections held a public hearing Thursday on a proposed resolution to amend the state constitution to prohibit the use of ranked choice voting in all elections.  The proposed resolution, authored by Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) and Rep. Ty Bodden (R-Hilbert) is one half  of a […]

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Assembly elections committee considers new rules for absentee ballot witnesses

BY: - February 7, 2024

The Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections held a public hearing Wednesday on a bill that would define exactly what address components a person is required to include when serving as a witness for an absentee ballot.  State law requires that a voter casting an absentee ballot have a witness provide a signature and […]

Maps consultants say GOP proposals are gerrymanders

BY: - February 1, 2024

The two conservative-proposed sets of legislative maps submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court amount to  partisan gerrymandering, while the other four proposals — which would potentially give Democrats their first shot at winning a legislative majority for the first time in more than a decade — are “nearly indistinguishable,” redistricting consultants told the Court Thursday.  […]

Election officials ask Supreme Court to reject Phillips effort to get on primary ballot

BY: - February 1, 2024

The Wisconsin Elections Commission and a special bipartisan panel say that Democratic presidential longshot Dean Phillips waited too long to sue them in hopes of gaining access to the state’s primary election ballot.  The WEC and the Wisconsin Presidential Preference Selection Committee argued in a brief filed with the state Supreme Court Wednesday that Phillips, […]

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

Dane Co. judge directs WEC to issue guidance on absentee ballot witness addresses

BY: - January 31, 2024

A Dane County judge ruled Tuesday that the Wisconsin Elections Commission has until Feb. 9 to issue guidance to election clerks over what address components are required to be included for an absentee ballot to be accepted.  Prior to the ruling, the municipal clerks of Green Bay, Madison and Racine requested last week that the […]

Gov. Evers vetoes Republican legislators’ maps proposal

BY: - January 30, 2024

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday vetoed legislative maps passed by Republican lawmakers last week, setting up the state Supreme Court to make the decision over what the state’s voting districts will look like in this year’s elections.  Republican lawmakers had hastily introduced and passed the maps, hoping to interrupt the Court’s process before the body’s […]

Assembly approves amended maps, sending them to Evers for expected veto

BY: - January 24, 2024

Assembly Republicans approved a new set of legislative voting maps that would help protect some Republican incumbents from being paired in the same districts, setting it up to go to Gov. Tony Evers, who has already said he’ll veto the maps. The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a December ruling declaring the state’s current maps unconstitutional, […]

Senate Republicans pass last-ditch effort to institute maps that protect incumbents

BY: - January 23, 2024

In an attempt to bypass the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Republicans in the state Senate voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would install legislative maps aimed at protecting incumbent GOP lawmakers who were moved into new districts under maps proposed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.  The effort was announced Monday afternoon less than 24 hours […]