What Wisconsin’s 2016 voter ID study means and doesn’t mean

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In a study released in September, UW-Madison political scientist Kenneth Mayer found that the state’s voter ID law kept significant numbers of people from voting in Dane and Milwaukee counties in the November 2016 election. Here’s a few things to keep in mind about what the study means and what it doesn’t. > WisContext

Emerge Wisconsin accepting applications from women interested in seeking office


The Emerge Program is a training academy for Democratic women, which aims to “inspire women to run and hone their skills to win”. Their goal is to increase the number of Democratic women in public office, with the Wisconsin chapter seeking applicants now. > Emerge Wisconsin

New study shows just how many Americans were blocked from voting in Wisconsin last year

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison estimate that between 9,000 and 23,000 registered voters in reliably Democratic Milwaukee and Dane counties were deterred from casting ballots by the state’s voter ID law. > Mother Jones

In reversal, feds say Russian hacking attempt didn’t hit Wisconsin election systems


Doubts emerged Tuesday about the disclosure that Russian actors tried to target Wisconsin election systems in 2016, as a new message to the state from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says they instead targeted another state agency. > Wisconsin State Journal

Former GOP lawmaker Knudson appointed to state elections commission


Former state Rep. Dean Knudson has been appointed to the six-member state Elections Commission, a body he was instrumental in creating. While in the Assembly, he sponsored the bill that ended the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board and replaced it with two bipartisan commissions, the Elections Commission and Ethics Commission. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin’s Democratic members of Congress urge state not to comply with Trump voter data request


Wisconsin’s Congressional Democrats – Reps. Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan and Ron Kind – are urging the state’s elections commission not to share voters’ personal information with Trump’s election fraud commission. “I find it reckless to increase voter data vulnerability by facilitating the Commission’s request,” Moore wrote. But the state may not have a choice. > The Cap Times

Postal Service broke law in pushing time off for workers to campaign for Clinton


The U.S. Postal Service engaged in widespread violations of federal law by pressuring managers to approve letter carriers’ taking time off last fall to campaign for Hillary Clinton and other union-backed Democrats, investigators said last week. > Washington Post