WISCONSIN 10 Electoral Votes 
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(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, State Elections Board)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.                  5,822,434
Voter Registration, Nov. 2020                                         >                             
Wisconsin has: 72 counties.
Largest counties: Milwaukee, Dane, Waukesha, Brown, Racine.
Largest cities: Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine. 

Governor: Tony Evers (D) elected in 2018. 
State Legislature: Wisconsin Legislature   Assembly: 99 seats  Senate: 33 seats
Local: Towns, Cities and Counties, Tribes   NACO
U.S. House: 5R, 3D - 1.B.Steil (R) | 2. M.Pocan (D) | 3. R.Kind (D) | 4. G.Moore (D) | 5. J .Sensenbrenner (R) | 6. G.Grothman (R) | 7. T.Tiffany (R) | 8. M.Gallagher (R)
U.S. Senate: T. Baldwin (D) re-elected in 2018, Ron Johnson (R) re-elected in 2016.

U.S. House: In WI-5 (northern and western suburbs of Milwaukee), Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R)'s retirement opens up a solidly Republican seat.  Sensenbrenner is the most senior member of Congress to retire this cycle; he was first elected to Congress in 1978.  Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) faces business consultant Tom Palzewicz (D).
Also note, in WI-7 (northern WI), Tom Tiffany (R) was elected in a May 12, 2020 special election; the seat was open due to Rep. Sean Duffy (R)'s retirement in Sept. 2019.
State Legislature:
All 99 Assembly seats and 16 of 33 Senate seats are up (even numbered districts).

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Libertarian Party of WI
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Constitution Party of WI

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 The Badger State
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Voting Deadlines and Facts

Oct. 14, 2020 - The deadline to register to vote online (by 11:59 p.m.) or by-mail (postmarked).
Oct. 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. - The deadline to register to vote at your clerk's office or other designated location.
You can register at your polling place on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.

Three options for voting. +
- At the polls on Nov. 3.
- Absentee in their city, village or town clerk’s office starting Oct. 20
- Absentee by mail.

On the ballot
Biden/Harris (Dem.)

Trump/Pence (Rep.)

Blankenship/Mohr (Const.)

Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)

Carroll/Patel (ASP)

Ballot Access
     "Under Wisconsin law, independent presidential candidates can get on the ballot by filing a minimum of 2,000 valid signatures of Wisconsin electors on nomination papers, as well as a Declaration of Candidacy form for both the presidential and vice-presidential candidates." 
     Five candidates filed (+).
The Wisconsin Elections Commission ruled against ballot access for the Green Party ticket and for Kanye West; both sued to qualify.  On Sept. 11 Brown Co. Circuit Judge John Zakowski ruled that West's team had failed to file in a timely manner (+).  On Sept. 14 the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against Hawkins citing "the lack of sufficient time to complete our review and award any effective relief (+)."

Overview: The embarrassing wrangling over the April 7 primary showed that the state is as polarized as it was in the Scott Walker era.  Democrats view liberal-backed Jill Korofsky's upset win over conservative incumbent Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly in the April election as a positive sign for November.
On Mar. 11, 2019 the DNC announced Milwaukee as the site of its convention (+).  The pandemic intervened.  Planners made various adjustments, finally announcing on Aug. 5 that speakers would not travel to Milwaukee, thereby completing the move to a virtual convention (+).
   This is the first time that the Green Party presidential candidate will not appear on the ballot after a questionable ruling by the Elections Commission was upheld by the court.  Green Party vice presidential nominee Angela Walker hails from Milwaukee.

   As one would expect, there is a lot of activity by the campaigns, parties and allied groups
R, allies  |  D, allies   |  G  |   L  |  More).

Trump  | 
[State Primary: August 11, 2020]
Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Total votes 1,555,263.
Biden 581,463 (62.86%), Sanders 293,441 (31.72%), Others 46,571 (5.03%), Uninstr. 3,590 (0.39%)... Total 925,065.  details

97 Delegates: 55 District, 19 At-Large, 10 PLEO and 13 Unpledged.

Trump 616,782 (97.87%), Uninstructed 11,246 (1.78%), w/in 246.  Total

General Election Winners in Wisconsin, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,295,057.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 69.3%. (fifth highest after MN, ME, NH and CO).

*In Wisconsin one can register at the polling place on Election Day with proof of residence.  Nov. 2, 2016 registration: 3,558,877.
Late registrations: 61,505 (2.05%).
Election Day registrations: 381,444 (12.70%).
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Results (post-recount) >

+Trump/Pence (R)
Clinton/Kaine (D)
1,382,536 (46.45)
Johnson/Weld (L)
Stein/Baraka (G)
Castle/Bradley (C)
McMullin/Johnson (w/in)
Moorehead/Lilly (Ind.)

De La Fuente/Steinberg (Ind.)

more w/in candidates (8)



Results (pre-recount)

+Trump/Pence (R)
Clinton/Kaine (D)
1,381,823 (46.44)
Johnson/Weld (L)
Stein/Baraka (G)
Castle/Bradley (C)
McMullin/Johnson (w/in)
Moorehead/Lilly (Ind.)

De La Fuente/Steinberg (Ind.)

more w/in candidates (8)


Total voters: 3,004,051.
Absentee electors: 819,316  ...27.27%.

Overview: Donald Trump achieved a surprise victory in Wisconsin, becoming the first Republican nominee tto carry the Badger State since Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984. 
   Although Clinton lost the April 5 primary to Sen. Bernie Sanders by 56.6% to 43.0%, she did not make a single post-primary visit while Trump and Pence stopped in periodically throughout the fall.  The Trump campaign also made a late digital and TV advertising push here and in Michigan.  The Clinton campaign and the pro-Clinton Priorities USA Action invested relatively little in advertising in Wisconsin.
    In 2016 provisions of the
controversial voter ID measure signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker back in May 2011 finally took effect even as the measure was enmeshed in ongoing litigation .
    Turnout (highest office as a share of voting eligible population), although the fifth highest of any state, was down 3.3% from 2012 and was the lowest since 2000. 

   There was a recount, but it affected the results only marginally.  Trump finished with a plurality of 22,748 votes (0.74 percentage points), carrying 60 counties to 12 for the Democratic ticket.  Wisconsin was the third closest state after Michigan and New Hampshire.
General Election Details
Clinton  |  Trump

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,120,694.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 72.4%.

In Wisconsin one can register at the polling place on Election Day with proof of residence.

Official Results >

Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
Goode/Clymer (Const.)
Johnson/Gray (Ind.)
La Riva/Ramirez (Ind.)
White/Scherrer (Ind.)
Stein/Manski (Ind.) 7,665
Anderson/Rodriguez (w/in)

Barr/Sheehan (w/in) 88


"scattering" refers to write-in votes for unregistered candidates.
2012 Overview
Republicans saw encouraging signs in their success in the June 5 recall election and Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan put the state in play, but when the votes were counted the Obama-Biden ticket won with a plurality of 213,019 votes (7.06 percentage points), carrying 35 counties to 37 for Romney-Ryan.  Wisconsin had the second highest turnout as a percentage of voting eligilble population, trailing only Minnesota.
General Election Details
Obama  |  Romney

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,113,565.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 72.5%.

As of Oct. 31, 2008 there were 3,502,196 registered voters.  In Wisconsin one can register at the polling place on Election Day with proof of residence.

Registered voters can vote absentee and are not required to provide any reason.

Official Results >

+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
McCain/Palin (Rep.)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn.)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
Moore/Alexander (Ind.)
La Riva/Moses (Ind.)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.)
Baldwin/Castle (Ind.)

On Sept. 9, 2008 Kevin J. Kennedy, Director and General Counsel of the Government Accountability Board certified nine candidates for the presidential ballot.
2008 Overview
In both 2004 and 2000, the Democratic margin of victory in the presidential race had been less than one percentage point; indeed in 2004 Wisconsin had the smallest margin of any state.  2008 was a very different story as the Obama-Biden ticket won by a comfortable margin, gaining a plurality of 414,818 votes (13.91 percentage points) and carrying 59 counties to 13 for McCain-Palin.
General Election Details
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,006,948.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 74.8%.

Wisconsin has Election Day registration at polling place with verification of residence (since 1976).

Total voters: 3,003,083.

No early voting; people can request an absentee ballot from their municipal clerk without providing an explanation.  Municipal clerks (there are 1,850) can start sending out absentee ballots to people who have requested them 30 days before the election. 
Absentee vote: 364,639.
Official Results

+Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
1,489,504 (49.70)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.) 1,478,120 (49.32)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 6,464 (0.22)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.) 2,661 (0.09)
Nader/Camejo (Ind.) 16,390 (0.55)
Harris/Trowe (SWP) 411 (0.01)
Brown/Hebert (Soc.) 471 (0.02)
Scatter 2,986 (0.1)

2004 Overview
As in 2000 the race in Wisconsin was tightly fought to the end and as in 2000 the Democratic ticket narrowly prevailed.  Kerry-Edwards secured a plurality of 11,384 votes (0.38 percentage points).  Bush carried 45 counties to 27 for Kerry.  Wisconsin received numerous visits from the candidates and their wives, and intense advertising (Milwaukee Mix: The Ad Campaign).
General Election Details  |  Photos
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush-Cheney '04

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,842,044.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 67.6%.

Total voters: 2,619,184.
Absentee vote: 160,425.

Official Results

Bush/Cheney (Rep.)  1,237,279 (47.61)
+Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)  1,242,987 (47.83)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)  6,640 (0.26)
Phillips/Frazier (Const.)  2,042 (0.07)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)  94,070 (3.62)
Moorehead/LaRiva(WWP)  1,063 (0.04)
Harris/Trowe (SWP) 306  - 
Hagelin/Goldhaber (Ref.) 878 (0.03)
Buchanan-Foster (Ref.) 11,446 (0.44)
Scattering 1,896 (0.07)

2000 Overview
Both major campaigns poured significant resources into the battleground state of Wisconsin.  Ralph Nader's appeal in this state gave the Bush forces grounds for optimism, but on Election Day the Gore-Lieberman ticket eked out a narrow win, gaining a plurality of 5,708 votes (0.22 percentage points) over Bush-Cheney.  Bush carried 46 counties to Gore's 26.  By comparison, in 1996, when Dole did not actively compete in the state, the Dole-Kemp ticket carried just 11 counties, while Clinton-Gore won in 61.  Four-term Gov. Tommy Thompson was an ardent Bush supporter, and his organization provided a foundation for Bush's strong showing as the state's electors nearly went into the Republican column for the first time since 1984.
General Election Activity  |  Photos

1992 and 1996 General Elections

Clinton (Dem.)....1,041,066 (41.13)
Bush (Rep.)..........930,855 (36.78)
Perot (Ind.)............544,479
Others (11+scat).....14,714

Clinton (Dem.).....1,071,971 (48.81)
Dole (Rep.)............845,029  (38.48)
Perot (Ref.)............227,339
Nader (Ind.).............28,723
Others (6+scat).......23,107
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