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Wisconsin Casts Electoral College Votes for Joe Biden

Wisconsin’s Electoral College delegation voted 10-0 for Joe Biden Monday, formalizing the president-elect’s win in Wisconsin as Republicans continue to challenge the result. The vote in the state Capitol at noon came less than an hour after the state Supreme Court rejected the Trump campaign’s push to throw out thousands ...

December 14, 2020

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Update: Wis. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Trump Campaign Election Challenge

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Trump campaign’s challenge of the state’s election results, setting oral arguments for Saturday at noon. This is an appeal of a lower court’s decision Friday morning that re-affirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s win in Wisconsin. Racine County Reserve Judge Stephen Simanek said ...

December 11, 2020

Election observers, right, look on and ask questions through plexiglass screens as officials at the Dane County recount sort through ballots by hand at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 21, 2020. Donald Trump’s campaign is paying for a recount of votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties in an effort to identify ballots to challenge the election. (Courtesy: Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch)
Election observers, right, look on and ask questions through plexiglass screens as officials at the Dane County recount sort through ballots by hand at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 21, 2020. Donald Trump’s campaign is paying for a recount of votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties in an effort to identify ballots to challenge the election. (Courtesy: Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch)

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What Does The Safe Harbor Deadline Mean in Wisconsin?

The safe harbor deadline is set by federal law and all lawsuits related to election results must be done six days before state electors cast their votes for president on Dec. 14.

December 8, 2020

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

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Trump Campaign Suit Challenges Wisconsin Election Results, Partisanship Grips Elections Commission

The suit asks the state Supreme Court to throw out Gov. Tony Evers' certification of the results while the campaign continues to appeal.

December 1, 2020

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

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Wisconsin Officials Confirm Election Results for Biden

Joe Biden is officially the winner of Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes after Wisconsin Elections Commission chair Ann Jacobs signed off on the state’s recount Monday. The recount of Democratic strongholds Dane and Milwaukee counties yielded a small change, with Biden increasing his lead over President Donald Trump by fewer than ...

November 30, 2020

Joint session of Congress
Joint session of Congress

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Could Lawmakers ‘Mess’ with Wisconsin’s 10 Electoral Votes? Possibly.

Experts say pro-Trump lawmakers could try to overturn voters’ will and send an alternate set of electors, but the Democratic governor could block the effort.

November 26, 2020

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electoral college electors

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Suit Seeks to Throw Out Wisconsin Election Results

A group is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to block certification of the election, let state Legislature choose electors.

November 24, 2020

Voters cast their ballots in-person on Nov. 3 at a polling location in Verona.
Voters cast their ballots in-person on Nov. 3 at a polling location in Verona.

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Dane County Clerk Outlines Election Recount Plan

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell detailed plans to begin recounting 345,000 ballots Friday at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

November 19, 2020 • South Central Region

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

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Trump Campaign Asks for Recount of Dane, Milwaukee Counties

The recount of the two counties will start Friday, lasting likely until the Dec. 1 deadline for the state to certify the election results.

November 18, 2020

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

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Trump Campaign’s Election Fraud Suit Dropped in Wisconsin

The lawsuit sought to throw out results from Democratic-heavy counties of Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee.

November 16, 2020

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2020 results map

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Why Did the Polls Get It Wrong?

Marquette Law School poll director Charles Franklin discusses the polling error that showed Joe Biden further ahead than the election bore out.

November 11, 2020

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Joe Biden

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Breaking: Wisconsinites React to Joe Biden Winning the Presidency

The Associated Press has called Pennsylvania and the race for the White House for Democrat Joe Biden. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes put the former vice president over the 270 votes he needed to win. Nevada, with its six electoral votes, added to the Democratic candidate’s win. “With the campaign over, ...

November 7, 2020

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Robin Vos

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Breaking: Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Orders Investigation into Election

Without offering specifics, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said concerns about mail-in ballots and voter fraud warrant an investigation from the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections. The Wisconsin Elections Commission has said there were no irregularities in Tuesday's election.

November 6, 2020

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Vote Here sign

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Top Elections Official: No Irregularities Tuesday

Elections commission administrator Meagan Wolfe says she has seen no reports of irregularities Tuesday, despites claims from the Trump campaign.

November 5, 2020

Noon Wednesday: The Day After the Election
Noon Wednesday: The Day After the Election

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Noon Wednesday: The Day After the Election

Election officials have been urging for patience as votes are tallied for 2020 races, but there are some things we do know about Wisconsin's elections Tuesday. Angela Lang from Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, and UW-Green Bay political scientist Aaron Weinschenk unpack election outcomes and foreshadow potential unrest.

November 4, 2020

Map: Nov. 2020 Election Results
Map: Nov. 2020 Election Results

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Map: Nov. 2020 Election Results

Maps of results from the presidential race and U.S. Congress races in Wisconsin.

November 4, 2020

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Voting machine

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November 2020 Election Results: Biden Wins Wisconsin

With 95% of Wisconsin's ballots counted and reported, a razor thin margin favors Biden in unofficial results.

November 3, 2020

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Logo for WisconsinVote.org

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Live Election Updates

PBS Wisconsin live election updates from reporters around the state.

November 3, 2020

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Donald Trump

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Trump Rallies in Kenosha on Eve of Election

The president cast aspersions on the results of absentee ballots and said that bad things can happen "in the streets" with an angry population that questions the results.

November 2, 2020 • Southeast Region

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curbside voter

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I Was Going to Vote In-Person, Then I Caught COVID. Now What?

The country’s two major concerns will come together Tuesday, national elections and the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday, nearly 1.9 million absentee ballots have already been cast in Wisconsin. However, polling data indicates there are still plenty of voters planning on heading to the polls on Election Day. That comes ...

November 2, 2020

Milwaukee voters in line
Milwaukee voters in line

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Wisconsin Officials Prepared for Possible Voter Intimidation

Wisconsin officials say they are prepared for, but have seen no evidence of, election interference a little more than 24 hours before the polls close in Wisconsin. “I'm confident that the process is going to be safe tomorrow and that things are going to go smoothly,” said Wisconsin Attorney General ...

November 2, 2020

Campaigning Through COVID
Campaigning Through COVID

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Campaigning Through COVID

Here and Now’s Zac Schultz reports on how the presidential candidates approached Wisconsin during the campaign in the midst of the pandemic.

October 31, 2020

Enthusiasm Grows Among Native Voters
Enthusiasm Grows Among Native Voters

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Enthusiasm Grows Among Native Voters

Here and Now’s Marisa Wojcik reports from Menominee County on a tidal wave of enthusiasm among Native Voters.

October 31, 2020 • Northeast Region

Joe Biden and Donald Trump
Joe Biden and Donald Trump

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Trump, Biden Hold Competing Rallies in Wisconsin Four Days Out

The president spoke at an event in Green Bay, while the former vice president held a small event in Milwaukee.

October 30, 2020

AG Kaul Talks Election Security Ahead of 2020 Election
AG Kaul Talks Election Security Ahead of 2020 Election

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AG Kaul Talks Election Security Ahead of 2020 Election

State Attorney General Josh Kaul talks about Election Day security amid the threats on the part of militia groups or other possible polling upsets in Wisconsin.

October 30, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Ballot Misprint Case, State Officials Prepare for Election

Clerks in Outagamie and Calumet counties wanted the court to issue a declaratory ruling on how they should handle a ballot misprint. The court declined to take up the issue.

October 29, 2020

Images of Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
Images of Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

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Biden Retains 5-Point Lead in Last Marquette Poll Before Election Day

Democriatic candidate Joe Biden maintains a five-point lead over President Donald Trump in the latest Marquette Law School poll. That marks a consistent single-digit lead for the Democratic candidate, but is still within the each candidate’s 4.4% margin of error among likely voters. Poll director Charles Franklin said however, that ...

October 28, 2020

Noon Wednesday: What You Need to Know for Election Day
Noon Wednesday: What You Need to Know for Election Day

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Noon Wednesday: What You Need to Know for Election Day

Barry Burden of the UW Elections Research Center joins us to talk about the final battleground state poll before the Nov. 3 elections, as well as what you need to know about absentee ballots, voting on Election Day and when to expect results.

October 28, 2020

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

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WPR: Trump Draws Thousands To Rally As Wisconsin Sees Record High COVID-19 Cases, Deaths

President Donald Trump was back in Wisconsin on Tuesday for his second campaign rally in the state in less than a week. The visit came as Wisconsin marked a record number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

October 28, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Building.
U.S. Supreme Court Building.

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Breaking: US Supreme Court Keeps Absentee Ballot Deadline Nov. 3

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to let a lower court’s ruling stand, which means Wisconsin’s deadline to return absentee ballots will not be extended. Absentee ballots must be returned to elections officials by 8 p.m. Nov. 3 to be counted. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Madison federal judge ...

October 26, 2020

A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.
A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.

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Clerks Ask High Court to Adjudicate Ballot Misprint Issue

County clerks in northeastern Wisconsin have asked the state Supreme Court to weigh in on an absentee ballot issue that could delay two counties’ returns on Election Day. Clerks in Outagamie and Calumet counties discovered a misprint on the “timing mark” of some absentee ballots that prevents them from being ...

October 26, 2020

Web Interview: Baldwin on Supreme Court, Trump Visits
Web Interview: Baldwin on Supreme Court, Trump Visits

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Web Interview: Baldwin on Supreme Court, Trump Visits

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, reacts to the president’s multiple visits to Wisconsin in the final leg of the campaign. She also discusses the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court and whether she supports increasing the size of the court under a possible Biden administration. She sits down with digital news editor Will Kenneally.

October 26, 2020

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ERC poll

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Biden Increases Lead in Latest UW Poll

The latest UW Elections Research Center Poll has Biden up 53%-44% in Wisconsin.

October 26, 2020

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Trump sign

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Trump Rallies in Waukesha 10 Days Out from Election

The president promised a big win in Wisconsin, continued economic prosperity during a second term.

October 24, 2020 • Southeast Region

Debate, Campaign Visit, Final Stretch
Debate, Campaign Visit, Final Stretch

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Debate, Campaign Visit, Final Stretch

Political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross react to the final presidential debate and forecast what’s ahead in the remaining days of election 2020.

October 23, 2020

The Latino Vote in Milwaukee
The Latino Vote in Milwaukee

Politics

The Latino Vote in Milwaukee

Patricia Gomez of Milwaukee PBS talks with members of the Latino community about the issues and preferences in the race for President.

October 23, 2020 • Southeast Region

Wisconsin Democrats and the Blue Wave
Wisconsin Democrats and the Blue Wave

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Wisconsin Democrats and the Blue Wave

Wisconsin Democrats are being cautious and taking nothing for granted as presidential candidate Joe Biden holds an edge over Donald Trump in the polls; not only in the race for president but also Wisconsin's down ballot candidates. Here & Now's Zac Schultz explores how a blue wave could affect the State Assembly and Senate races.

October 23, 2020

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

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Trump Highlights Law Enforcement at Janesville Rally

President Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of thousands during a campaign stop in Janesville Saturday, two weeks after an Oct. 3 rally in the same city that was cancelled when the president tested positive for COVID-19. “Seventeen days from now, we're going to win the state of Wisconsin,” he ...

October 17, 2020 • South Central Region

COVID on the Campaign Trail
COVID on the Campaign Trail

Coronavirus

COVID on the Campaign Trail

An in-depth look by Zac Schultz at differences in approaches to voters between Democrat and Republican candidates during the pandemic.

October 16, 2020

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

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Pence Stops in Waukesha 3 Weeks Before Election Day

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to a crowd of supporters during a campaign stop at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha Tuesday. Pence weighed in on the political news of the day—the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court—among his familiar campaign stalwarts of the economy and law and order. ...

October 13, 2020 • Southeast Region

Wauwatosa Protests for Alvin Cole and the Suburban Vote
Wauwatosa Protests for Alvin Cole and the Suburban Vote

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Wauwatosa Protests for Alvin Cole and the Suburban Vote

Law and Order becomes an issue for an Assembly race underway in Wauwatosa.

October 9, 2020 • Southeast Region

Absentee Ballot Change in Appeals Court Ruling
Absentee Ballot Change in Appeals Court Ruling

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Absentee Ballot Change in Appeals Court Ruling

Late this week, a federal appeals court ruled that absentee ballots must to be delivered to Wisconsin election clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

October 9, 2020

Election Heads into Final Stretch
Election Heads into Final Stretch

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Election Heads into Final Stretch

Marquette Law School poll director Charles Franklin breaks down the latest numbers and the state of the presidential race as it heads into the final stretch.

October 9, 2020

Absentee ballots
Absentee ballots

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Court Reverts to Status Quo on Ballot Deadline

The 2-1 decision from the 7th Circuit ruled ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

October 8, 2020

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

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Biden Holds Narrow Lead in New Marquette Law School Poll

In the latest Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by a narrow five-point margin in Wisconsin. The poll was conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 4, following the presidential debate, with 700 likely voters responding for a margin of error of ...

October 7, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

Supreme Court Rules Republicans Can Continue Elections Challenge

The ruling grants the Legislature standing to represent state interests as a whole.

October 6, 2020

President and first lady
President and first lady

Politics

Update: Trump Moved to Walter Reed as Wisconsin Officials React to COVID-19 Diagnosis

The president and first lady tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday.

October 2, 2020

Presidential debate
Presidential debate

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Debate Commission Changes Rules After Debate, Trump Traveling to Wisconsin

The commission that organizes presidential debates announced changes in the wake of a contentious meeting between the two presidential candidates this week. This comes as Trump plans to visit Wisconsin, in two areas that are seeing high levels of COVID-19 spread.

October 1, 2020

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7th Circuit logo

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Appellate Court Allows Extended Deadline to Receive Absentee Ballots

The Chicago-based 7th Circuit allowed a lower court ruling to stand, ruling that Republican intervenors in the suit did not have standing to appeal. As the decision stands, clerks have an addition six days to receive absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day.

September 29, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Building
U.S. Supreme Court Building

Politics

Wisconsin Senators Fall on Party Lines, Expert Forecasts SCOTUS Effect on Election

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg left a heated debate over who should be able to fill her vacancy on the Supreme Court. As Republicans in the U.S. Senate urged moving ahead with a nomination, Democrats cried foul, saying the move goes against precedent set by Republicans in 2016 ...

September 24, 2020

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

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Pence Talks Jobs, Law Enforcement at Eau Claire Event

The Thursday speech marks the third consecutive week the vice president has visited Wisconsin.

September 24, 2020 • West Central Region

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federal courthouse

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Judge Rules Ballots Must Be Accepted After Election Day

In a federal ruling, a district court judge said clerks must accept absentee ballots received up to six days after the election, as long as the ballots are postmarked Nov. 3. The ruling is temporarily stayed however, giving time for defendants to appeal the ruling.

September 21, 2020

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

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Joe Biden Holds Campaign Event in Manitowoc

The event Monday marks the former vice president's second 2020 trip to Wisconsin.

September 21, 2020 • Northeast Region

Status of Wisconsin’s Absentee Ballots
Status of Wisconsin’s Absentee Ballots

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Status of Wisconsin’s Absentee Ballots

Wisconsin Elections Commission lead administrator Meagan Wolfe talks about the status of more than a million absentee ballots already requested by Wisconsin voters and when she expects election results to be available.

September 18, 2020

Absentee ballots in the mail
Absentee ballots in the mail

Elections

Wisconsin Absentee Ballots Mailed Out

Election clerks across the state are starting to mail out more than a million absentee ballots to voters after the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected Monday the Green Party presidential candidate’s effort to get on the ballot. Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn voted with the court’s three liberal justices in ruling against ...

September 15, 2020

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

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Pence Touts Law and Order During Janesville Stop

The vice president held his campaign rally exactly a week after his last stop in Wisconsin, visiting La Crosse on Labor Day.

September 14, 2020 • South Central Region

Joe Biden and Donald Trump
Joe Biden and Donald Trump

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Biden Continues to Lead in Latest Marquette Poll

The poll taken during the president's visit to Kenosha also shows a bump for Trump among Republicans in Wisconsin due to the visit.

September 9, 2020

Burnt building in Kenosha
Burnt building in Kenosha

Politics

Biden to Visit Kenosha Same Week as Trump

Joe Biden announced he will be in Kenosha Thursday, two days after President Donald Trump toured damage and met with law enforcement.

September 2, 2020 • Southeast Region

Kanye West
Kanye West

Elections

Kanye West Denied Ballot Access in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Elections Commission ruled Thursday that the West campaign missed the filling deadline by a matter of seconds.

August 20, 2020

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

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Pence Visits Wisconsin to Tout Economy and Jobs

The vice president visits two days after the president held a rally in Oshkosh, and the same weeks Democrats hold their national nominating convention.

August 19, 2020 • Southeast Region

Trump Visits Oshkosh During the DNC
Trump Visits Oshkosh During the DNC

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Trump Visits Oshkosh During the DNC

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Oshkosh on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Will Kenneally reports on the president's pitch to Wisconsinites to give him four more years in the White House.

August 18, 2020 • Northeast Region

Tom Barrett
Tom Barrett

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Wisconsin Dems Host Convention Kick-Off Breakfast

State Democrats Put President Trump on the Menu

August 17, 2020

Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC
Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC

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Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC

Milwaukee was supposed to be the center of the political world when it hosted the Democratic Nat'l Convention. Now it's been virtually hollowed out, another victim of the pandemic. But that doesn't mean Wisconsin's politicians won't try to salvage something from this week. Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes discuss if there's still something to be gained from the Milwaukee DNC.

August 14, 2020 • Southeast Region

Primary Elections Result in More Diverse State Legislature
Primary Elections Result in More Diverse State Legislature

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Primary Elections Result in More Diverse State Legislature

While Tuesday was the fall primary, the election effectively decided the winner in several races. Melissa Sargent and Kelda Helen Roys both won primaries for State Senate. In Madison, an African immigrant - Samba Baldeh - and an Asian-American woman - Francesca Hong - won seats in the Assembly and in the Milwaukee suburbs, Julian Bradley, a Black man, won the primary in the 28th Senate district.

August 14, 2020

Political Panelists Talk DNC, Kamala Harris and Kanye West
Political Panelists Talk DNC, Kamala Harris and Kanye West

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Political Panelists Talk DNC, Kamala Harris and Kanye West

Republican strategist and Managing Partner of Capitol Consultants, Bill McCoshen and Democratic strategist and member of the State Ethics Commission, Scot Ross discuss the DNC moving to a virtual platform, the Biden-Harris ticket and changes to the USPS that may make it harder to vote by mail.

August 14, 2020

Poll Shows Biden Ahead in Wisconsin
Poll Shows Biden Ahead in Wisconsin

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Poll Shows Biden Ahead in Wisconsin

Marquette University Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin breaks down the results from his latest poll, which has Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump by five points in Wisconsin. The poll also shows 69% of Wisconsinites agree with the mask mandate.

August 14, 2020

Pete Buttigieg Previews Democratic Nat’l Convention
Pete Buttigieg Previews Democratic Nat’l Convention

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Pete Buttigieg Previews Democratic Nat’l Convention

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg talks about how Democrats are going to use this year's virtual DNC to energize voters and touts the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris ticket.

August 14, 2020

Joe Biden and Donald Trump
Joe Biden and Donald Trump

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Polls Show Biden Ahead by Single Digits in Wisconsin

Joe Biden leads the president by 5-6 percentage points in the latest UW and Marquette polls.

August 11, 2020

I Voted sticker
I Voted sticker

Elections

Live: August 11 Election Updates

Updates with news from state and local officials on the Aug. 11 primary.

August 11, 2020

Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin

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Baldwin Talks Economy During Virtual Biden Event in Superior

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

Noon Wednesday: The Power of the Youth Vote
Noon Wednesday: The Power of the Youth Vote

Elections

Noon Wednesday: The Power of the Youth Vote

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

poll worker
poll worker

Elections

Evers Activates National Guard to Help at Polls

Similar to their mission during the April election, national guard troops will assist poll workers for the Aug. 11 election.

August 5, 2020

Milwaukee skyline.
Milwaukee skyline.

Politics

Speakers Cancelled for Milwaukee DNC

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

A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.
A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.

Here and Now 2020

Wisconsin Sees High Rate of Absentee Ballot Requests

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

Milwaukee voters in line
Milwaukee voters in line

Politics

Elections Commission: Voters Exempt from Mask Mandate

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

Pence Touts Freedom-Based Agenda in Ripon
Pence Touts Freedom-Based Agenda in Ripon

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Pence Touts Freedom-Based Agenda in Ripon

Vice President Mike Pence promoted the campaign's freedom-based agenda during a campaign stop in Ripon, warning that a Biden presidency would present burdensome government regulation.

July 17, 2020

Campaign signs
Campaign signs

Here and Now 2020

Republicans Hold State Convention in Green Bay Amid Pandemic, Ahead of Presidential Election

Speakers at the state party convention presented dire warnings for the status of the country if Trump failed to win reelection.

July 11, 2020

A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)
A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

Elections

USPS Audit Finds Issues, Few Irregularities in April Absentee Ballots

The USPS audit sheds light onto what happened to missing tubs of absentee ballots during the April 7 election.

July 10, 2020

Milwaukee voters in line
Milwaukee voters in line

Elections

Appeals Court Restricts Early Voting

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wisconsin can restrict early voting, stemming from a years-long legal challenge and ahead of a pandemic-driven general election.

June 30, 2020

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Doubles Down on Wisconsin

Many national election observers describe Wisconsin as a tipping-point state, meaning whomever wins this state will likely win enough electoral votes to win the presidency.

June 26, 2020 • Northeast Region

Tom Barrett
Tom Barrett

Elections

2020 DNC in Milwaukee Dramatically Downsized

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19, the upcoming 2020 Democratic convention will largely be held virtually.

June 25, 2020 • Southeast Region

Ann Jacobs and Bob Spindell
Ann Jacobs and Bob Spindell

Elections

Elections Commission Approves Absentee Ballot Mailers

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

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Biden Talks Racial Justice During State Convention Appearance

Presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared virtually during a remote state Democratic Party convention Friday.

June 15, 2020

Draft of the absentee ballot mailer the Wisconsin Elections Commission intends to send to 2.7 million registered voters.
Draft of the absentee ballot mailer the Wisconsin Elections Commission intends to send to 2.7 million registered voters.

Elections

Elections Commission Reviews Draft Absentee Ballot Mailer

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

Rick Esenberg
Rick Esenberg

Elections

Conservative Group Proposes Rule to Ban ‘Ballot Harvesting’

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

A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)
A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

Here and Now 2020

Elections Commission Votes to Send Absentee Ballot Requests to Millions

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

Image of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden
Image of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Politics

Biden Makes Two Virtual Stops in Wisconsin

The Democratic presidential candidate made virtual stops in La Crosse and Milwaukee, discussing plans for rural Wisconsin and criticizing the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

May 20, 2020 • West Central Region

Tom Tiffany
Tom Tiffany

Elections

Tiffany Wins Special Election

Republican Tom Tiffany wins the special election to replace Sean Duffy in the state's 7th Congressional District.

May 13, 2020 • Northern Region

Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results
Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results

Elections

Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results

Republican Tom Tiffany beat Democrat Tricia Zunker in the race to replace Sean Duffy for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.

May 12, 2020

Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat
Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

Elections

Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

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

Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson
Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson

Elections

Elections Commission to Investigate, Improve Absentee Ballot Issues

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

Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results
Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results

Here and Now 2020

Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results

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

Jill Karofksy
Jill Karofksy

Here and Now 2020

Jill Karofsky Wins Supreme Court Election

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky beats incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly 55%-45% in an election turned turbulent by the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 13, 2020

Postmarks
Postmarks

Elections

Postmarks Cause Absentee Ballot Confusion

The Wisconsin Elections Commission debated for hours Friday on how to interpret the U.S. Supreme Court order mandating ballots in this April's election have an April 7 postmark if received after Tuesday.

April 11, 2020

Milwaukee voters in line
Milwaukee voters in line

Elections

State Increases Contact Tracing After In-Person Voting

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

Noon Wednesday: Holding an Election During a Pandemic
Noon Wednesday: Holding an Election During a Pandemic

Elections

Noon Wednesday: Holding an Election During a Pandemic

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

Milwaukee voter
Milwaukee voter

Elections

Returned to Sender: Postal Officials Investigating Wisconsin Absentee Ballots That Were Never Delivered

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

A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.
A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.

Elections

Wisconsin Votes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Wisconsin voters head to the polls with increased caution as the state's spring election moves forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 7, 2020

A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)
A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

Elections

Fox Point Absentee Ballots Not Sent to Voters

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

Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview
Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview

Elections

Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview

State Supreme Court candidate and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky interviewed by Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz via Skype.

April 3, 2020

Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview
Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview

Elections

Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview

State Supreme Court candidate and incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly interviewed by Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz via Skype.

April 3, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers
Gov. Tony Evers

Elections

Breaking: Evers Calls Coronavirus Special Session

The legislation put forward by Gov. Tony Evers would make the spring election largely mail-only and push back the timeline to send absentee ballots to clerks into May.

April 3, 2020

Western District of Wisconsin Courthouse
Western District of Wisconsin Courthouse

Elections

Update: Federal Court Judge Rules on April Election

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

Scene from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Scene from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Here and Now 2020

Updated: Milwaukee DNC Postponed Until August

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

Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat
Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

Elections

Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

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

A sign prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to demonstrate to voters how far apart they should be while they wait in line to vote.
A sign prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to demonstrate to voters how far apart they should be while they wait in line to vote.

Elections

Update: Elections Commission Prepares Municipalities for Voting During COVID Outbreak

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

Absentee ballots
Absentee ballots

Elections

Update: Evers Calls for Widespread Absentee Ballot Legislation

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

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.

Elections

Legislative Leaders Want April Election to Move Forward

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

A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.
A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.

Elections

Absentee Requests Rise Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The covid-19 emergency has Republican and Democratic leaders asking for election rules to be changed. Here & Now's Zac Schultz reports on how the clerks are doing their best to make it all work.

March 19, 2020 • South Central Region

Bernie Sanders sign.
Bernie Sanders sign.

Politics

Sanders to Open Office in Wisconsin

With Bloomberg and Warren out of the presidential race, Wisconsin will have no presidential campaign presence until the Sanders campaign opens their Madison office on Tuesday.

March 6, 2020

Latest Poll Puts Sanders in a Double-Digit Lead Over Dems
Latest Poll Puts Sanders in a Double-Digit Lead Over Dems

Politics

Latest Poll Puts Sanders in a Double-Digit Lead Over Dems

The new poll results placed Bernie Sanders in a double-digit lead against democratic primary opponents in Wisconsin. The poll also showed Sanders fairing better with older voters. However, 56 percent of the respondents said they might change their minds when it comes to their presidential pick. Only 42 percent said they had their mind made up.

February 28, 2020

Political Panelists Give Forecasts of Super Tuesday
Political Panelists Give Forecasts of Super Tuesday

Politics

Political Panelists Give Forecasts of Super Tuesday

Political Analysts Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross give their predictions for who will take the South Carolina primary on Saturday and next week’s Super Tuesday. Ross predicts that Biden will prevail in South Carolina, but the analysts warn that he will need a significant lead in order to complete. The panelists discuss their forecasts for Super Tuesday and the likelihood of a brokered convention.

February 28, 2020

Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision
Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision

Politics

Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision

A state appeals court overturns an Ozaukee County courts decision directing the state to purge more than 200,000 voters from the rolls.

February 28, 2020

Bernie Sanders speaks at a 2016 campaign rally at Carthage College in Wisconsin.
Bernie Sanders speaks at a 2016 campaign rally at Carthage College in Wisconsin.

Politics

New Poll Shows Sanders Leading in Wisconsin

A new UW-Madison poll has Sanders leading the Democratic primary race in Wisconsin with 30% and the rest of the field in the low teens.

February 24, 2020

Election results from the 7th CD Republican primary.
Election results from the 7th CD Republican primary.

Politics

Map: Tiffany and Zunker Win Congressional Primaries

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

Wisconsin election results Feb. 18, 2020.
Wisconsin election results Feb. 18, 2020.

Politics

Map: 2020 Supreme Court General Election Results

Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly faces Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University Law School Professor Ed Fallone.

February 19, 2020

Wisconsinite votes in Feb. 18, 2020 spring primary.
Wisconsinite votes in Feb. 18, 2020 spring primary.

Elections

Kelly, Karofsky Advance to April General

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

Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Share Philosophy
Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Share Philosophy

Elections

Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Share Philosophy

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

Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District
Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

Elections

Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

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

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe.
Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe.

Politics

Elections Commission: No Competing Ballots in April Election

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

Republican Party logo over the Milwaukee skyline.
Republican Party logo over the Milwaukee skyline.

Politics

New GOP Office Opens in ‘Heart’ of Milwaukee

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

Political Scientist Examines Trump’s Acquittal, Iowa Caucus
Political Scientist Examines Trump’s Acquittal, Iowa Caucus

Politics

Political Scientist Examines Trump’s Acquittal, Iowa Caucus

UWM Professor Emeritus Mordecai Lee breaks down the Senate impeachment acquittal. Lee says that the acquittal shows that the Republican Party is now the Trump party. “No matter how they feel about President Trump behind the scenes...they are locked step with him.” Lee also discusses the results (or lack thereof) from this week’s Iowa caucuses and the path forward for presidential candidates.

February 10, 2020

Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion
Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion

Politics

Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion

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

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