Wisconsin Political Candidates File Nomination Papers, Challenge Period Begins | WUWM 89.7 FM

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, about 340 people had filed for federal and state elections in Wisconsin for the August primaries and/or November general election.

Wednesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for filing races for the United States Senate and House, governor and up to the State Assembly – although two Milwaukee-area Assembly seats have a deadline for filing this Saturday, June 4.

But the final composition of the candidates could still change. Wisconsin Election Commission staff haven’t completed their initial reviews of the more than 120 people who submitted application materials this week or the candidates are missing one or more required documents — something they may be able to fix .

Additionally, people can always challenge a candidate’s status on the ballot. Election Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe said the review can be done online.

“We have application documents for each of the candidates available on our website – badgervoters.wi.gov, where candidates can go (for a fee) and view the application documents of other candidates. things. Like, for example, they might challenge the residency of someone who signed and say, “No, that address is not in this district. Or, they might challenge some aspect of the application materials and say that the candidates’ application documents themselves do not substantially comply with the law,” Wolfe told WUWM on Wednesday.

Wolfe said some challenges could be spurred by the recent political redistricting.

Elections Administrator Meagan Wolfe, as she appeared on a Wisconsin Eye webcast in 2020.

She specifies that the deadline for filing a dispute is Monday, June 6 at 4:30 p.m. The challenged person then has three days to respond. Appointed members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission will consider the challenges Friday, June 10 in a public meeting.

We live in controversial times in the world of politics and many conservatives are attacking the state commission. But Wolfe said she and her staff were prepared to administer fair and accurate elections. She also gave a nod to the town clerks.

“They’re really the ones who are the star of the show and run elections at the local level. They’re the ones who send out the mail-in ballots. They’re the ones who train and recruit the poll workers,” Wolfe explained.

Many of these clerks are also waiting for the state Supreme Court to rule on the use of mail-in ballot boxes and what help a voter can get to submit a ballot.

Meanwhile, the committee is waiting to see who Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appoints to the panel and whether that person will chair the committee. If the Racine County Republican lawmaker hasn’t acted by June 10, incumbent Commissioner Dean Knudson is expected to show up for that day’s meeting.

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