Wisconsin forged ahead with in-person voting Tuesday, after the state Supreme Court overturned Gov. Evers’ order delaying the election due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are scenes and dispatches of Tuesday’s historic Election Day from around the state. This story will be updated throughout the day on Tuesday, April 7.
State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, incoming Majority Leader, has been suggesting that the Government Accountability Board should be governed by partisan appointees, rather than the six retired judges who now do the job. “I just don’t think they’re an independent voice at all,” the Republican from Juneau told the Associated Press.
In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, words like “fickle” and “schizophrenic” are being bandied about to describe the Wisconsin electorate, which chose a Democratic president but more Republicans for Congress and the state Legislature. A Center analysis shows that the vote tallies in Wisconsin’s congressional and state legislative races were not nearly as lopsided as the parties’ resulting share of seats — and election observers attribute this to the Republicans’ redistricting efforts in 2011.
This document, prepared for a workshop at the UW Center for Journalism Ethics conference, “Ethics and Elections: Money, Media and Politics in 2012,” presents an overview of some of the sources available to reporters and others for tracking the role of money in politics.
Republicans hoping to reclaim the governor’s office in next year’s election will have to overcome shifting patterns of voter turnout. More than two-thirds of the counties that handed victories to Republican President George Bush in 2004 shifted to support Democrat Barack Obama last year, data and interviews show.