voter suppression

A resident waits in line to vote at a polling place in Milwaukee for the April 7, 2020, primary election. Residents waited sometimes more than two hours to vote at this site, one of the few polling places open in the city after most were consolidated due to a shortage of poll workers fearful of contracting COVID-19. Photo by Scott Olson | Getty Images

The bigger story of Wisconsin’s pandemic election

BY: - April 21, 2020

There is a certain satisfaction — on the order of that joyful dance that Snoopy of Peanuts fame has gifted us — when a bully is thwarted.  One contemporary example of bullying is when an outnumbered group games the system to impose its will on the more numerous simply to maintain power. In political parlance, […]

A yard sign for Supreme Court candidate Judge Jill Karofsky in Maple Bluff (photo by Ruth Conniff).

Jill Karofsky’s victory is a big, surprising win for democracy 

BY: - April 14, 2020

It was over so soon, Jill Karofsky’s supporters were reluctant to believe it. Even after the Associated Press announced that Karofsky had won, beating conservative Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, a Scott Walker appointee, to win a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, on social media Karofsky supporters were warning each other “We’ll know […]

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

Voter suppression in Wisconsin could go nationwide in 2020

BY: - April 9, 2020

Forcing Wisconsinites to go to the polls during a pandemic on Tuesday, April 7, was part of a nationwide voter-suppression strategy that could help re-elect Donald Trump. Trump knows this. That’s why he tweeted on Wednesday, April 8: What doesn’t work out well for Republicans is having free and fair elections, where everyone gets […]

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 […]

A sign urging people to vote by mail in Maple Bluff, a few blocks from the governors mansion (photo by Ruth Conniff).

Our democracy on life support

BY: - March 30, 2020

Adding to the general anxiety and gloom of these uncertain times is the up-in-the-air status of Wisconsin’s April 7 election. Will our democracy be another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic? We’ve been reporting every day on the efforts by citizens’ groups pushing for the postponement of Election Day, or an all mail-in vote, or at […]

Nation watches as Wisconsin voter purge battle builds

BY: - January 3, 2020

The heated battle to win Wisconsin in 2020 did not take a break over the New Year’s holiday as a nationally watched court battle over voters continues to play out. On Monday, the six-member Wisconsin Elections Commission deadlocked 3-3 along partisan lines over whether or not to immediately purge more than 200,000 registered voters in […]

March against voter suppression, via Flickr

Push to purge Wisconsin voters goes to court Friday

BY: - December 13, 2019

Update: On Friday afternoon Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy ordered the state to purge the rolls of voters who may have moved. He also denied the League of Women Voters’ petition to intervene in the case. In issuing a writ of mandamus, the judge took the strongest action he could take, ordering the state to immediately comply […]

Voting Do Not Cross Lines art showing polling booth, crime tape, voter fraud sign

U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

BY: - December 8, 2019

The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the […]