February Primary: What’s on the ballot?

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Polls open across Wisconsin at 7 a.m. Tuesday with several items on the ballot in some local districts.

“Wisconsin doesn’t get its turn in the presidential nomination process until April,” said Anthony Chergosky, a political science professor at UW-La Crosse.

Statewide there are three candidates running for Wisconsin Supreme Court. The goal is to get the pool down to two by the April 7 general election.

“The incumbent is Dan Kelly who is a conservative appointed by Scott Walker and if he were to be reelected we would get the status quo. We would get a 5-2 conservative majority on the state supreme court which we have right now,” Chergosky said. “The political parties have clear preferences for which candidate they would like to win, but voters don’t actually see a party label on the ballot.

La Crosse, Vernon, and Jackson County voters will only be voting for the supreme court race. In the town of Onalaska, voters will vote for the Supreme Court as well as a town board supervisor.

City of Onalaska voters will see races for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Onalaska Mayor on the ballot. Monroe County voters in six precincts will see candidates for the District 7 race for Congress on the ballot.

“District 7 is really moving in the Republican Party’s direction, especially under President Trump,” Chergosky said. “For all intents and purposes, the election comes down to who the Republican nominee will be. That person in all likely hood will win the election to take Sean Duffy’s seat in congress.”

Two precincts in the city of Tomah will vote for mayor and 22 precincts in Monroe County will vote for the Tomah school board. UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky said people’s votes will carry more weight tomorrow because of the projected voter turnout.

“I’m expecting quite a low turnout,” Chergosky said. “The nice thing about low turnout for people is it means their vote counts even more.”

Polls tomorrow will close at 8 p.m. You can register at the polls. You’ll need a document that proves where you live. That includes Wisconsin Driver’s License, paycheck or utility bill. Anyone planning to vote needs an ID such as a driver’s license, Wisconsin ID, Military ID, or Passport.

To see what’s on your ballot visit myvote.wi.gov.

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