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Republicans Keep Grip on Legislature Despite Democratic Spending Spree

Peter Cameron, The Badger Project Wisconsin Democrats were flush with cash in the 2020 election cycle. Billionaire liberals like Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other super-rich donors used a loophole in Wisconsin campaign finance law to dump money into the coffers of the Democratic Party, which routed a considerable chunk of contributions to state legislative […]

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Bids to Alter Wisconsin Elections Fall Mostly Along Partisan Lines

By Anya van Wagtendonk For Wisconsin Watch Proposals to change Wisconsin’s voting system could determine how one of America’s top swing states picks congressional candidates, how it awards its 10 Electoral College votes, how fast results can be announced and who can use the increasingly popular method of absentee voting. But the political divisiveness that […]

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State driver licenses and IDs are the most common forms of identification to show at the polls

Wisconsin driver licenses or IDs are the most common form of identification used for voting purposes. Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) encourages voters to check and be sure that they have the proper identification needed to vote in this month’s primary (February 16). A federally compliant REAL ID card is not […]

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Ten checks the state of Wisconsin uses to catch voter fraud

BY HOWARD HARDEE, FOR THE BADGER PROJECT Since Election Day, no evidence of widespread voter fraud has emerged in Wisconsin — or any other state. But politicians, propagandists, and social media influencers have sought to undermine the results of the presidential election in Wisconsin before and after Nov. 3. With President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration set […]

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Wisconsin GOP lawmakers call for tighter voting rules; Dems call election hearing a ‘sham’

By Anya van Wagtendonk and Nora Eckert Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. About two hours into a joint legislative hearing Friday, state Rep. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, said he had enough of the “sham” gathering called by Republican lawmakers to investigate […]

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The Biggest Donors to Wisconsin Political Parties in 2020

BY MOLLY LIEBERGALL, THE BADGER PROJECT A loophole in Wisconsin campaign finance law allows individuals to make unlimited donations to political parties, and also allows political parties to make unlimited donations to candidates. If an individual wants to donate directly to a candidate, there are limits based on state and federal law. But not if […]

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Wisconsin GOP official bucks Trump and draws backlash: ‘There is no fraud in this election’

By Howard Hardee Wisconsin Watch Knowing he would probably face fierce criticism, Rohn Bishop raised a dissenting voice while some of his fellow conservatives argued in favor of invalidating votes in Wisconsin. Fond du Lac County Republican Party Chairman Rohn Bishop is seen in the workshop at his home in Waupun, Wis., surrounded by posters […]

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‘Checks and balances’: Inside the life cycle of a Wisconsin absentee ballot

By Nora Eckert Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. A week after the Nov. 3 election, Wendy Helgeson said she still was being jolted awake by dreams of sorting through ballots. The head of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association and a […]

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AP calls Wisconsin for Biden; group celebrates in Civic Center Park

Supporters of Joe Biden stand in Civic Center Park Wednesday holding signs stating “Voters Decide” while celebrating Biden’s projected victory in the state. Photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. KENOSHA ⏤ The Associated Press’ selection of Joe Biden as the projected winner of the state in the general election had a near instant reaction in […]

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Wisconsin GOP leaders made it harder to vote, especially for Black residents

By Claire Campbell and Laura Schultz Wisconsin Watch Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross start their day early on a recent sunny Sunday morning, going door to door in their neighborhood northwest of downtown Milwaukee. Leaders of the nonprofit Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the mother and daughter make their way slowly along the route wearing masks […]

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Countdown to November’s General Election: Wisconsin DMVs ready to provide identification

With less than one month left until the November General Election, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is ready to provide identification needed to vote by expanding online services and bolstering locations. Most people already have a driver’s license or ID card, or other forms of acceptable identification, to show at […]

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Skepticism urged as disinformation, voter suppression wash over Wisconsin

Late in July, President Donald Trump used his Twitter-powered megaphone to muse about postponing the Nov. 3 election, citing alleged — and widely debunked — concerns about mail-in voter fraud. Despite widespread efforts to fact-check the president — and make clear he lacks the power to delay the election — Trump’s voter fraud myth was […]

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A Wisconsin man with visual impairment tried to vote. The coronavirus got in his way.

Don Natzke, 69, has lived nearly his entire life with visual impairment. Natzke previously served as the executive director of the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities, where he promoted accessible governmental policies to include people with disabilities. But when it came to Wisconsin’s April 7 election — the only in-person balloting held in […]

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2020 Partisan Primary Election Voting Guide

Wisconsin will host the 2020 Partisan Primary on August 11. However, the COVID 19-virus has caused the state to implement more regulations within Wisconsin. This year the only contested race between Democrats Roger Polack and Joshua Randazza-Pade for the 1st Congressional District. The top vote-getter will face incumbent Bryan Steil (R-Janesville). Voting is an essential civic […]