Joe Biden leads the president by 5-6 percentage points in the latest UW and Marquette polls.
August 11, 2020
The virtual townhall was one of two the Biden campaign held in the state Monday, now a more common sight as campaigns engage voters digitally amid the pandemic.
August 10, 2020 • Northern Region
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore appears in an excerpt from a Here and Now special, “Wisconsin Women Vote.” She reflects on the power of the woman’s vote and reflects on her career to date in politics.
August 7, 2020 • Southeast Region
Young people are showing up in abundance right now, both for the ballot box and for protests. Maya Neal of Leaders Igniting Transformation, out of Milwaukee joins us to talk about engaging and training youth of color to become leaders and organizers for their communities and why this is significant for this election cycle.
August 6, 2020
The Milwaukee portion of the Democratic National Convention is effectively cancelled as the Democratic National Committee pulls the remaining speakers from the already paired-down convention. The cancelled speeches include presidential candidate Joe Biden, who will receive the party’s nomination from his home state of Delaware. “We followed the science, listened ...
August 5, 2020 • Southeast Region
Wisconsinites have requested absentee ballots at a rate more than eight times higher than they did in August of 2016, as the state heads to the polls for an August primary. According to data released by the Wisconsin Elections Commission Monday, 821,378 voters have requested absentee ballots for the August ...
August 4, 2020
Neither the governor, nor municipalities, can impose additional requirements on voters--like wearing a mask--according to the state's elections commission.
July 30, 2020
As Vice President Mike Pence made campaigns in Wisconsin touting the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin's State Epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard and Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm both expressed concern about the sharp increase of community spread of COVID-19. Westergaard saying "epidemic indicators are mostly bad and potentially getting worse."
July 17, 2020
Speakers at the state party convention presented dire warnings for the status of the country if Trump failed to win reelection.
July 11, 2020
The mayors of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine and Kenosha teaming up with Center for Tech and Civic Life to fund the "Wisconsin Safer Voting Plan." The $6.3 million grant from the non-partisan non-profit will help with voting sites, drive-thru and drop box locations. Gov. Evers announced 2 million+ face masks and thousands of infrared thermometers will be sent to public and private schools.
July 10, 2020
The USPS audit sheds light onto what happened to missing tubs of absentee ballots during the April 7 election.
July 10, 2020
The bipartisan commission voted unanimously to send mailers to 2.7 million voters that includes information on voting absentee and in-person, and includes an absentee ballot request form.
June 17, 2020
Presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared virtually during a remote state Democratic Party convention Friday.
June 15, 2020
Commisioners asked staff to make changes to a mailer that will send an absentee ballot request form to millions of Wisconsin voters. They will give final approval on the mailer next week. The commission also voted to allocate roughly $5 million in federal funds to local elections officials to bolster security.
June 10, 2020
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty says state election law is unclear on who can return absentee ballots, and wants the Wisconsin Elections Commission to rule only voters themselves can.
June 8, 2020
The motion approved by the Wisconsin Elections Commission would send ballot requests to 2.7 million voters. The commission would exclude those who have request forms already on file, or those suspected of moving without re-registering.
May 27, 2020
The Wisconsin Elections Commission deadlocked on whether to approve a proposal to send out absentee ballot request forms to all registered Wisconsin Voters. Funding from the proposal would come from federal coronavirus funds, and commissioners were at odds over specifics on how to allocate those funds. Commissioners also debated whether ...
May 20, 2020
The Wisconsin National Guard was activated again to work polling places in Tuesday's 7th Congressional Dist. special election. About 160 Guard members helped serve the 700 municipalities. They worked in civilian clothes performing the same duties as other poll workers. Republican Tom Tiffany defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker in the 7th Congressional District. It spans 26 Northern Wisconsin counties.
May 15, 2020 • Northern Region
Republican Tom Tiffany beat Democrat Tricia Zunker in the race to replace Sean Duffy for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.
May 12, 2020
Candidates Tom Tiffany (R) and Tricia Zunker (D) vie for an open seat in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District to replace the retired Sean Duffy.
May 7, 2020 • Northern Region
The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted Saturday to move forward with a barcode tracking system for absentee ballots and to investigate postal service issues that prevented ballots from getting to voters.
April 18, 2020
Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky won a 10-year term over incumbent Daniel Kelly, shaving the state Supreme Court's conservative majority down to 4-3. Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky is only the third candidate since 1967 to unseat a justice.
April 17, 2020
Some have already moved on from last week's election, but its impacts linger. Health officials are looking into the effect in-person voting had on the spread of the coronavirus and state lawmakers are debating how elections should be administered in the future. Neil Albrecht, executive director of City of Milwaukee Election Commission joins us to talk about the lessons learned from Milwaukee.
April 16, 2020 • Southeast Region
Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky beat incumbent Justice Dan Kelly for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Former Vice President Joe Biden won the state's Democratic presidential primary, beating Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders who won the state four years ago.
April 14, 2020
In-person voting could have exposed more Wisconsinites to COVID-19, as health officials become concerned about the disease's disproportionate impact on the state's African-American population.
April 10, 2020 • Southeast Region
Gov. Tony Evers shares his plans moving forward after a move to postpone the April 7 election failed, along with updates on the trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin
April 10, 2020
Here & Now Senior Reporter Zac Schultz reports on the looming legal battles that may follow the controversial April 7 election last week. As the state awaits results from Tuesday’s elections, the frustrations remain high among voters and lawmakers
April 10, 2020
Wisconsin held an election yesterday in the midst of a statewide order from Gov. Tony Evers to stay at home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert was part of a group of mayors pushing to delay the April 7 elections. He joins to talk about what in-person voting looked like in his community and what he's hearing from his constituents.
April 9, 2020
Update: Wisconsin U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson are calling for an investigation into missing absentee ballots that never reached voters ahead of the April 7 elections. The Democratic and Republican senators wrote a joint letter to the USPS Inspector General to “determine the cause of these failures.”
April 8, 2020
Absentee ballots requested by voters in the Village of Fox Point went undelivered by the United States Postal Services ahead of Tuesday’s elections. The ballots were repeatedly returned to village offices despite USPS saying there was nothing wrong with them, according to Scott Botcher, manager of the Milwaukee County village. ...
April 7, 2020 • Southeast Region
6:45 p.m. U.S. Supreme Court Rules Ballots Must Be Postmarked by Tuesday Under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, all absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s election must be postmarked by Tuesday, but can be received as late as April 13. Allowing ballots to be sent later than Tuesday “would fundamentally alter the ...
April 6, 2020
Under an executive order, the in-person election would be delayed until June 9. Republican leaders say they will challenge the order in the state Supreme Court, while elections officials say to continue preparing for Tuesday's election while they wait for litigation.
April 6, 2020
Republican leaders gavel in and out a special session called by the governor to address voting concerns amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The legislative leaders said they had "grave concerns" about election security, if ballots were cast after Tuesday.
April 5, 2020
The federal judge in Madison extended the deadline to apply for absentee ballots, as well as the deadline for those ballots to be received.
April 2, 2020
The DNC will be rescheduled to August 17 amid coronavirus concerns. Presidential candidates weighed in on the Wisconsin election, with Bernie Sanders advocating for it to be postponed, while Joe Biden advocated leaving it up to the state.
April 2, 2020
Results of the latest Marquette University Law School Poll show the majority of registered voters in Wisconsin think measures to close schools and non-essential businesses and ask people to stay home are appropriate responses to the coronavirus outbreak. The poll, released Wednesday, asked public opinion around the coronavirus, including how ...
April 1, 2020
Tom Barrett has been mayor of Milwaukee for 16 years and he's looking to make it an even two decades of running Wisconsin's largest city. “I'm very, very excited about the future of the city because, first of all, there's a lot of great things that are going on in ...
April 1, 2020 • Southeast Region
Wisconsin Elections Commission votes to clarify rules on indefinitely confined voters, and to supply municipal clerks with cleaning materials and other supplies ahead of the April 7 election. In a meeting Sunday, the commission deadlocked on chastising the Milwaukee and Dane county clerks.
March 31, 2020
During a meeting discussing preparations for the election now one week away, the Wisconsin Elections Commission discussed the shortage of poll workers, the record number of absentee ballots that have been requested, and the special health considerations necessary to conduct in-person voting while minimizing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
March 31, 2020
Gov. Tony Evers asks the Legislature to send all registered voters absentee ballots ahead of April 7 amid election concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak. Later Friday, Evers also loosen licensing requirements for certain healthcare workers.
March 27, 2020
Wisconsin’s, and the nation’s, longest-serving legislator Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, announced Thursday he will retire after serving 64 years in the state legislature. The 92-year-old was first elected to the Assembly in 1956, and won a Senate seat in 1962. According to a release from his office, Risser served under ...
March 26, 2020 • South Central Region
On a call with reporters, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said municipalities should be prepared for April 7, but they are not considering altering the date at this time.
March 25, 2020
As Wisconsin voters start going to the polls in the 2020 election cycle, most counties in the state maintain websites that do not employ at least one of two basic practices that would help bolster their digital security and public confidence in their online platforms.
March 11, 2020
A new poll surveying three battleground states shows Bernie Sanders has the biggest lead in the Democratic primary, particularly in Wisconsin, according to UW-Madison's Election Research Center. Ellie Powell, a political scientist from the center joins us to discuss the results.
February 28, 2020
The Wisconsin Elections Commission will publicly reprimand six Wisconsin municipalities if they do not upgrade their elections technology soon.
February 28, 2020
Fulton, a town in Rock County, tested new software this week to help ensure the accuracy of votes that get counted. When voters fill out a ballot, they receive an encrypted code that shows how they voted. Voters can later check a list to see that their unique code was counted and that the vote did not change. Officials say they will return to regular voting practices for the rest of 2020.
February 21, 2020 • South Central Region
State Sen. Tom Tiffany will face Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice Tricia Zunker on May 12. They defeated Jason Church and Lawrence Dale in the Republican and Democratic primaries respectively.
February 19, 2020 • Northern Region
Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly will face Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky April 7. State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice Tricia Zunker both emerged from their primaries, and will face each other May 12 to fill Sean Duffy's 7th Congressional District seat.
February 19, 2020
Ahead of the Feb. 18 primary, candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court share their judicial philosophy on Here & Now. Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly faces Marquette University Law School Professor Ed Fallone and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky.
February 17, 2020
A report by Here & Now Reporter Zac Schultz breaks down the primary race for the state’s 7th Congressional District. The seat was previously held by Sean Duffy. Now, four candidates are vying for the large district in Northern Wisconsin, including two Democrats and three Republicans. (Videography by Ethan Freel)
February 15, 2020 • Northern Region
The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously to send only one ballot to a majority of absentee voters in the April general election. To comply with federal law, overseas voters will still receive two ballots in April, but most absentee voters will only receive a single ballot with all races.
February 12, 2020 • Northern Region
In the 2020 presidential election, the Republican Party of Wisconsin wants to make inroads into the African American vote in Milwaukee. As part of its effort, the party just opened a field office in the heart of the city. “This is the first Republican Party of Wisconsin office in the ...
February 10, 2020 • Southeast Region
The Wisconsin Elections Commission is issuing and managing “A” and “B” ballots for upcoming elections. City of Superior Clerk Terri Kalan provides clarity on the difference between two separate absentee ballots being sent to voters in the 7th Congressional District.
February 10, 2020 • Northern Region
State of the State coverage dives into Gov. Evers’ address, including a look at his latest Executive Orders, a number of rural bills, and a call for a Special Session of the legislature. Wisconsin Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Shawn Johnson discusses the Evers’ second State of the State address and examines the role of governing in a divided government.
January 24, 2020
UW-Madison Political Science Professor Ken Mayer breaks down the newly announced “People’s Map” Commission on redistricting. In Gov. Evers’ State of the State address, he laid out plans for a nonpartisan redistricting commission.
January 24, 2020
Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin discusses the latest poll results on President Trump’s Foreign Policy, views towards impeachment and more. The poll found that the majority of surveyed Wisconsin voters disapprove of the recent killing of an Iranian general. Other findings showed that 49 percent of respondents support the exoneration of Trump in the Senate impeachment trials.
January 17, 2020
UW-Madison Political Science professor David Canon breaks down the looming voter roll case that may impact over 200,000 voters. This week an Ozaukee County judge held three state election commissioners in contempt for not purging the rolls immediately. Canon said that the case “has become a partisan battlefield.” The professor predicts that a legal resolution to the case is still a long way away.
January 17, 2020
State Supreme Court Candidate Judge Jill Karofsky lays out why she should be elected to the bench. She noted her experience as a judge in Wisconsin and her commitment to advocating for victims.
January 17, 2020
President Trump’s campaign rally packed UW-Milwaukee's Panther arena this week. Some guests waited for in line for hours to get a front-row seat. Here & Now reporter Zac Schultz said that despite Trump’s long record of failed fact checks, attendees continue to support the incumbent because he is emotionally honest.
January 17, 2020 • Southeast Region
State Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe discusses the voter purge lawsuit and appeal that came quickly following a ruling by an Ozaukee County Circuit Court. The ruling ordered the deactivation of over 200,000 registered Wisconsin voters flagged as having changed their address.
December 20, 2019
Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin explains statewide survey results that found no change in impeachment views following the end of public testimony. The new results show that 40 percent think that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 52 percent think the opposite. Six percent of respondents said they don’t know.
December 13, 2019
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) filed a lawsuit against the Elections Commission to remove unresponsive voters from rolls 30 days after getting a letter about whether they’ve moved. Chair of the State Elections Commission, Dean Knudson speaks to current voter roll maintenance and President of WILL Rick Esenberg talks about the lawsuit over voter registration policy.
December 6, 2019
With impeachment hearings, U.S. foreign policy, presidential horse-race numbers and the governor's approval all permeating the national discourse, Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin checks in on Wisconsinites’ views with his latest poll.
October 25, 2019 • South Central Region
Two Democrats, Wausau School Board President Tricia Zunker and Businessman Lawrence Dale, join the 7th congressional district race in Northwest Wisconsin. Outside of Milwaukee, a 5th congressional district candidate state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R) receives a major endorsement from former Gov. Tommy Thompson.
October 18, 2019 • Northern Region
DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Alex Lasry gives updates on the 2020 Convention and all that it will bring to the state. Next August, Lasry says the convention will bring over 50,000 people to Milwaukee, many of whom have never been to Wisconsin before. He said he thinks the national spotlight will put Wisconsin on the map.
October 18, 2019 • Southeast Region
The previously announced dates for the special 7th congressional election in the Northwest Wisconsin district must be changed because of a federal law. The seat held by U.S. Representative Sean Duffy until he resigned in September, is now up for grabs. Three Republican candidates are now in the race: Jason Church, Tom Tiffany, Michael Opela Sr.
October 4, 2019 • Northern Region
FiveThirtyEight Senior Political writer Clare Malone examines the intersection of identity and electability in the upcoming Presidential election. Malone describes ‘electability’ (in the context of this election) as a shorthand for the ability to win over Obama-Trump voters that surprised the nation in 2016. Understanding those voters will be necessary for “electorally key states like Wisconsin,
October 4, 2019 • South Central Region
Two members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation, the long-serving Jim Sensenbrenner and fourth-term Sean Duffy, announced they are retiring from Congress, and some have already jumped in the race to fill their seats.
September 13, 2019 • Northern Region
Wisconsin is sure to be in the spotlight for national campaigns in 2020, and in the wake of the fourth Democratic presidential debate, UW-Milwaukee professor emeritus Mordecai Lee breaks down the candidates' performances and predicts what may be in store for the state. "It feels like we're in New Hampshire," Lee says. "I never thought Wisconsin would be at the center of the political universe."
September 13, 2019 • South Central Region
Longest serving Wisconsin Congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R) announced that he will not seek another term. Sensenbrenner was first elected to his Waukesha-area seat in 1978. Meanwhile, Democratic state Senator Lena Taylor announced she is running for Mayor in Milwaukee. Incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett has yet to announce if he's running for re-election.
September 6, 2019 • Southeast Region
Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin shares new statewide survey results. The results show President Trump lagging slightly behind Democratic front runners in 2020 match-ups. Respondents favored Vice President Joe Biden 51 percent compared to Trump’s 42 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders is also ahead at 48 percent to 44 percent.
September 6, 2019 • South Central Region
UW-Superior Political Science Professor Dr. Alisa Von Hagel provides insight on the resignation of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau. She also forecasts the political future of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Joining the show from Superior, Von Hagel says Duffy’s resignation may be a part of an ongoing trend among Republicans.
August 30, 2019
The 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, but not all women. Wisconsin Rep. Shelia Stubbs joins us to today to talk about the lesser-known history of the women’s suffrage movement that excluded women of color and why this part of the story shouldn’t be forgotten.
August 14, 2019
The budget fight continues with the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filing suit this week over the governor’s budgetary partial vetoes.
August 2, 2019
Four Democratic presidential candidates will make their presence known in Wisconsin tomorrow during a League of United Latin American Citizens town hall. UW-Madison political science professor Ben Marquez talks about how the role the Latinx vote will play a role in the 2020 presidential elections.
July 10, 2019
UW-Madison journalism professor Mike Wagner joined a group of political scientists in providing live analysis of this week’s Democratic presidential debates. He talks about which candidates he thought broke through the crowded field, and how well they positioned themselves to face President Donald Trump.
June 28, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts must stay out of cases involving partisan gerrymandering. Barry Burden, UW-Madison political science professor and director of the Elections Research Center, talks about what the decision means for Wisconsin's own partisan gerrymandering case before the court.
June 28, 2019
100 years ago today, Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to ratify the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. A celebration at the State Capitol today featured speakers delving into that history and unveiling Wisconsin’s original 19th Amendment document.
June 14, 2019
As Milwaukee gets ready to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, some city officials are pushing to extend the streetcar line to reach the convention site. A committee vote this week tables the expansion for now, putting into question whether the expansion could be finished by next summer.
May 24, 2019 • Southeast Region
New Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, including Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan. Are we heading towards impeachment? Probably not, according to UW-Madison political science and law professor Howard Schweber.
May 22, 2019
Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson will finish her 43-year tenure on the bench at the end of the year. The first woman to ever serve on the state’s high court, and also the state’s longest-serving justice, heard her final arguments this week.
May 17, 2019