Special Election Planned in South Surbubs

Sep 18, 2013

A special election will be held in the 21st Assembly District to replace Mark Honadel.

Ann-Elise Henzl

The Government Accountability Board says it found more than 10,000 violations of two federal laws, which require polling places to be accessible.

Over the last three years, the agency conducted inspections at 1,614 polling sites in 921 municipalities throughout the state.

Many polling places violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or the Help America Vote Act of 2002, because voters were not able to vote privately and independently.

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While it does not appear Tuesday's ruling affects Wisconsin, politicians here are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

For the first time in more than ten years, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is dispatching hundreds of volunteers across the state, to register residents to vote.

Wisconsin's 4th District Court of Appeals has ruled that the state's photo identification requirement for voters, is constitutional.

Assemblyman Jeff Stone is seeking co-sponsors for his plan to enact major election rule changes in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack has won a second ten year term. Roggensack handily defeated Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone in Tuesday’s election.

With election day coming up next Tuesday, education activists on both sides of the aisle are anticipating the outcome of one of the biggest races - that for state superintendent of public instruction.

The polls will be swarming with people on Tuesday as voters cast their ballots in the presidential election. Lately, poll watchers and observers have also become a fixture at polling places.

To limit any confusion at the polls, the Government Accountability Board created a list of 10 things Wisconsin voters should know. Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, went over some of the list’s highlights with WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl.

A new report from the government watchdog organization, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says 15 recall races in 2011 and this year cost $137 million. More than $80 million was spent on the effort to recall Governor Scott Walker. Money spent on the governor's race was more than twice as much as the $37.4 million spent in Waker's 2010 campaign.Walker won a recall election versus Tom Barrett. Three Republican senators were removed from office, giving Democrats a 17-16 majority.