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Can formerly incarcerated people legally vote in Wisconsin? It depends.

by Jonmaesha Beltran / Wisconsin Watch, Wisconsin WatchMarch 21, 2023 Nearly 4.6 million people in the U.S. were barred from being able to vote due to a felony conviction in 2022. That includes more than 65,000 people in Wisconsin, according to The Sentencing Project, an advocacy and research group. Neighboring Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois are […]

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Elections complaint filed against Mayor Mason

RACINE — A rival mayoral candidate filed a complaint alleging that Racine Mayor Cory Mason violated state elections law with the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC). The complaint, filed last week before the primary election by Jim DeMatthew, claims that Mason broke the law “by actively engaging in prohibited electioneering activities.” Specifically, the complaint contends that […]

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Racine at the center of Wisconsin’s election conspiracy universe

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin ExaminerJanuary 12, 2023 At the Nov. 30 meeting of the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), several people spoke during the public comment period to complain about how the recent election had been administered by the City of Racine.  In early December, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), a right-wing legal […]

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Security seals and documentation: The life cycle of Wisconsin election ballots

by Matt Mencarini / Wisconsin Watch, Wisconsin WatchNovember 4, 2022 Wisconsin Watch is a nonprofit and nonpartisan newsroom. Subscribe to our our newsletter to get our investigative stories and Friday news roundup. As Wisconsinites head to the polls on Tuesday they may only spend four or five minutes with their ballot. They’ll mark their votes, get a sticker […]

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Johnson, other Republicans rally in Racine for last-minute election push

MOUNT PLEASANT, WI — Wisconsin Republicans at a rally held Saturday promised a red wave would indeed be forthcoming. As part of a 60-stop bus tour, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), U.S. Representative Bryan Steil (R-Janesville), and Tim Michels, candidate for governor, made a stop at Angry Brothers Pub, 6501 Washington Ave., to energize their […]

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Milwaukee elections official fired after false requests of military absentee ballots

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin ExaminerNovember 3, 2022 A Milwaukee Elections Commission employee fraudulently requested absentee ballots dedicated to members of the military and had them sent to a Republican lawmaker known for spreading conspiracies about election fraud in the 2020 election.  Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced at a press conference Thursday that the employee, commission […]

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Voting early: Racine voters line up at mobile election unit, scheduled through Nov. 6

RACINE — In-person absentee (or early) voting remains a popular option here for the Nov. 8 general election. On Tuesday morning, voters were lined up outside the City of Racine’s mobile election unit parked at James Lockwood Park, 4300 Graceland Blvd. From there, it was headed to the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts parking lot […]

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Ahead of November 8 election, disability advocates lay out rule changes, accommodations

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin ExaminerOctober 27, 2022 Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, in a year in which Republicans have attempted to tighten the reins on voting rules based on false theories of election fraud, the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition held a virtual event Wednesday to outline what accommodations voters with disabilities are […]

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Wisconsin clerks face challenges as voter skepticism becomes new reality

by Jacob Resneck / Wisconsin Watch, WisconsinWatch.orgOctober 26, 2022 Oconto County Clerk Kim Pytleski has a series of colorful, hand-drawn posters in her office for the barrage of questions she fields from election skeptics, including one that reads, “Perception has become Reality!” “People are throwing skepticism and these comments out there, but they’re not doing […]

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Voter fraud: 8 checks the state of Wisconsin uses to deter and catch offenders

by The Badger Project, The Badger ProjectOctober 11, 2022 Voter fraud is very rare, but the state still takes it very seriously, officials say. Photo by Bill Shaw. By Howard Hardee and Peter Cameron, THE BADGER PROJECT Even though voter fraud is rare, in Wisconsin and nationally, many checks exist to prevent and catch it […]

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Three big changes to voting in Wisconsin in 2022, and one smaller one

by The Badger Project, The Badger ProjectOctober 11, 2022 Be sure your absentee ballot and witness form are filled out completely, or your vote might not count. By Peter Cameron, THE BADGER PROJECT Since 2020, the state of Wisconsin has made several changes to the way it conducts elections. Read up on them here so […]

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Upcoming election deadlines, Elections 101 for this November

RACINE COUNTY — Deadlines are approaching for Wisconsin’s 2022 general election, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8. State residents have until Wednesday, Oct. 19, to register to vote via mail or online. To be eligible, a resident must be 18 years old by election day and present a valid form of personal identification such as a […]

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Ballot drop box cases against Racine, Kenosha dismissed

RACINE AND KENOSHA – A conservative law firm’s lawsuits against the Cities of Racine and Kenosha over the use of unstaffed absentee ballot drop boxes were recently dismissed after a pair of separate District Court hearings. The Thomas More Society of Chicago, through its special counsel, Erick Kaardal, filed the lawsuits on May 25 against […]

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Racine County Sheriff alleges online voting tool vulnerable to fraud

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin ExaminerJuly 29, 2022 Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling alleged on Wednesday that there are “vulnerabilities” in Wisconsin’s statewide election website because people can request absentee ballots under someone else’s name. Election officials responded that this is a crime and the fact that someone can commit a crime doesn’t mean it’s a […]

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Trump calls for decertification of 2020 election after Wisconsin drop box decision

by Henry Redman, Wisconsin ExaminerJuly 11, 2022 After the four conservatives on the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided last week that drop boxes for absentee ballots aren’t legal, former President Donald Trump again called for the nullification of the state’s 2020 Electoral College votes.  On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Wisconsin Elections Commission acted […]

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