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Abortion, gerrymandering top of Wisconsin State Supreme Court debate

A race on your ballot this spring is capturing attention across the country. Politico, the Washington Post, and the New York Times have highlighted the importance of this year’s Wisconsin State Supreme Court race featuring Janet C. Protasiewicz, Daniel Kelly, Everett D. Mitchell, and Jennifer R. Dorow. Millions of dollars are expected to be spent on the nonpartisan race between now and the spring general election on April 4th. Democrats and Republicans are waiting for the outcome of the spring primary on February 21st before backing their preferred candidates. The state’s battles over redistricting and the abortion ban are big reasons why the race has gotten so much attention nationwide. Mark Jefferson of the Wisconsin Republican Party told Politico that Democrats want to use the Supreme Court “to circumvent legislators who make policy decisions. Ben Wikler for the Wisconsin Democratic Party says the state Supreme Court election carries with it “implications that will affect national politics for years to come. Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says much of the attention is because of the importance of the election at a time when voter turnout is usually low.

School boards, city and village councils, and town boards will also be on the ballot, with the towns of Nasewaupee, Gardner, Gibraltar, and the Village of Sister Bay needing a primary. If you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, you have until February 17th to cast an in-person absentee ballot. Just like you would need on Election Day, you will need a valid photo identification to vote and any additional materials if you register to participate.

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