State moves to avert federal lawsuit against its voting hitch for overseas voters


State elections commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to try to avert a federal lawsuit relating to absentee voting in Wisconsin. At issue is how Wisconsin voters who are temporarily overseas, not including those who are active U.S. military members, get their ballots from election clerks in the municipality in which they live. > Wisconsin State Journal

Is the Electoral College good for Wisconsin?


Of all the people to be talking of doing away with the Electoral College in 2018, we didn’t think one of them would be President Donald Trump. After all, the Electoral College is the reason he’s president. The Racine Journal Times says: “Mr. President, we respectfully suggest you be careful what you wish for.”

Can Milwaukee solve its voter turnout problem?

In the age of Scott Walker, Wisconsin Democrats have no chance in statewide elections without a big turnout in Milwaukee and Madison. And the turnout has been far better in Madison and Dane County in recent years. In fact, though Dane County has 55 percent of Milwaukee County’s population, more of voters turned out there. > Urban Milwaukee

With primaries in the rearview, here are the candidates for June’s special elections


It took orders from three judges to prod him into action, but Scott Walker finally scheduled two special elections for June 12: for state Senate in northeast Wisconsin and for Assembly in the center of the state. The Wisconsin Gazette lays out the candidate slates and asks if the elections will foreshadow a coming “blue wave”.

Andre Jacque, Jon Plumer win GOP special election primaries

Candidates are set for the June special elections that Gov. Scott Walker didn’t want to call. State Rep. Andre Jacque won his Republican primary for the 1st state Senate district while Lodi town board member and karate studio owner Jon Plumer beat out three GOP opponents in the 42nd Assembly district. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Voters will choose GOP candidates Tuesday for two closely watched special elections

Two GOP primaries for special elections will be held Tuesday: one for a state Senate race that pits a young businessman against a conservative lawmaker who has often clashed with party leaders, and one among four Republicans vying for a state Assembly seat. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

State plans how it will use $7M federal election security grant

The state Elections Commission met Wednesday to consider how to use $6.9 million in federal grant money aimed at boosting elections security. Likely uses include security upgrades to the online election systems, hiring additional staff and contractors, and security training for clerks across the state. > Wisconsin Public Radio