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
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
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
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 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
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
A group is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to block certification of the election, let state Legislature choose electors.
November 24, 2020
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
The lawsuit sought to throw out results from Democratic-heavy counties of Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee.
November 16, 2020
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
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
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
With 95% of Wisconsin's ballots counted and reported, a razor thin margin favors Biden in unofficial results.
November 3, 2020
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
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
The president spoke at an event in Green Bay, while the former vice president held a small event in Milwaukee.
October 30, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The president promised a big win in Wisconsin, continued economic prosperity during a second term.
October 24, 2020 • Southeast Region
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
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
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
Law and Order becomes an issue for an Assembly race underway in Wauwatosa.
October 9, 2020 • Southeast Region
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
The ruling grants the Legislature standing to represent state interests as a whole.
October 6, 2020
The president and first lady tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday.
October 2, 2020
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
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
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
The Thursday speech marks the third consecutive week the vice president has visited Wisconsin.
September 24, 2020 • West Central Region
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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