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

State treasurer asks Legislature to penalize Dane County for funding voter ID study


Republican State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk has called on the Legislature to penalize Dane County for funding a UW-Madison study on the effects of the state’s voter ID law. Dane County spent $55,000 on the study that concluded nearly 17,000 registered voters in Dane and Milwaukee counties may have been deterred by the controversial law. > Wisconsin State Journal

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

Confirmed: Russian parties attempted to hack Wisconsin election systems


Federal officials say Russian hackers unsuccessfully targeted Wisconsin’s voter registration system during last year’s election.  Wisconsin was one of 21 states notified Friday of the attempted hacking, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. > WUWM

Wisconsin mulls whether to respond to Trump’s election data request


The Wisconsin Elections Commission will discuss its response to a series of election policy questions posed by President Trump’s task force investigating voter fraud. Wisconsin elections officials have not yet answered seven questions the commission sent in June, nor have they turned over any of the requested publicly available voter data yet. > CBS Minnesota

Were 2016 vote counts in Wisconsin hacked? The Washington Post checked.


U.S. intelligence concludes Russian hacking affected the presidential campaign, but did it affect the vote count in Trump’s key Wisconsin and Michigan wins? The Washington Post dug into recount data and found that voting technologies in Michigan and Wisconsin treated candidates Trump and Clinton the same, at least in places where votes were recounted.