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Wisconsin caucuses pose thorny safety issues during pandemic

By Anya van Wagtendonk Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. Every January across Wisconsin, some towns and villages hold time-honored, in-person caucuses to nominate candidates for local offices. Residents gather in town or village halls, schools, and other community spaces to […]

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Wisconsin’s nonvoters could be a powerful bloc — but barriers, disillusionment stand in the way

By Nora Eckert Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. When Angela Lang reflects on the thousands of conversations she and other members of her community organization, BLOC, have had with Milwaukee residents, one floats to the top of her mind. Angela […]

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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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Despite a surge in absentee voting, changes to ballot processing languish in Wisconsin

By Nora Eckert Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. As Claire Woodall-Vogg stood in the middle of an empty Central Count facility days before the Nov. 3 election, it wasn’t just the national spotlight on the city of Milwaukee or the […]

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‘Proud of my city’: Turnout down, but Milwaukee’s Black voters leapt hurdles to vote

By Anya van Wagtendonk Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. Early in the morning on Election Day, Angela Lang stood in a conference room in the offices of BLOC — Black Leaders Organizing for Communities — on Milwaukee’s north side, addressing […]

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Masks, poll watchers, pandemic: Wisconsin prepares for Election Day

This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. As Calena Roberts sees it, voting on Election Day is a ritual. But it’s one that’s been disrupted this year. “My mother-in-law’s 90 years old,” said Roberts, SEIU Wisconsin state field director. “And she and my husband […]