Though election nears and feds warn of cyber threats, Wisconsin election-security posts sit vacant


Six new state positions to help secure Wisconsin elections from cyber threats remain vacant months after being created, and members of the Elections Commission say Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has been the holdup. It’s now clear the positions won’t be filled before the Aug. 14 primary election. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Elections Commission moves forward with plans for boosting election security

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission is moving ahead with plans to use a $7 million federal grant to update its security software, fill six new technology positions and train clerks throughout the state about best security practices during elections. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Parkland students come to Wisconsin on ‘Road To Change’ tour


High school students from Parkland, Florida are in Wisconsin to advocate for stricter gun control laws and to register young people to vote. As part of a nationwide “March for Our Lives: Road to Change” tour, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students plan to hold events in Janesville, Madison, and Milwaukee. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Dems flip long-held GOP Senate seat, while Republicans keep Assembly seat


Voters delivered split verdict in a pair of special elections Tuesday, handing Republicans a win in one district and Democrats a victory in the other. Caleb Frostman topped Rep. Andre Jacque in the 1st Senate District, making him the first Democrat to represent the northeast Wisconsin district in more than four decades. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Elections panel votes to deny ballot access to four Assembly candidates

State elections commissioners voted Monday to deny ballot access to a Democratic state Assembly candidate accused of fraudulently submitting voter signatures to get on the 2018 ballot. Commissioners also voted that three other state Assembly candidates be denied ballot access because the signatures they submitted did not pass muster. > WiscNews

SCOTUS ruling means Wisconsin can continue purging its voter rolls every 4 years


Failing to vote can lead to getting knocked off voter registration rolls, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision likely will help Republicans. The ruling will have little direct effect in Wisconsin as the state already purges its voter rolls of people who haven’t voted in four years. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Top 5 things to know about Tuesday’s special elections


Wisconsin will hold two closely watched special elections Tuesday, the latest test of whether a “blue wave” could be coming this fall. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel runs through the top things you need to know about the races.