What you need to know ahead of the Wisconsin Primary Election


MADISON, Wis. — Many eyes are on the presidential primaries ahead of the November election. However, voters in our area and across the state will have a chance to cast their ballot in the spring primary Tuesday. Races vary between cities and counties, but the race for state Supreme Court will be on ballots state wide.

The spring primary is an important election because it will narrow the field of candidates we see on the ballot come April 7th in Wisconsin’s general election, the general election is also the same day as the presidential primary.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can’t register online anymore but you can register in person same day at your polling center. You’ll need a document that includes your full name and current address as proof of residency to register. That includes a Wisconsin Driver’s License, paycheck or utility bill.  Anyone planning to vote needs an ID like a driver’s license, Wisconsin ID, Military ID, or Passport.

The race for Wisconsin Supreme Court will be narrowed from three to two candidates. Current state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly was appointed to the high court in 2016 by former Wis. Gov. Scott Walker. Kelly is the only candidate who has the backing of conservatives. Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone is also running. Fallone was a 2013 candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, but was defeated by an incumbent. He is getting support from liberals. Also getting support from the left is someone who might be a little bit more familiar to voters in our area, Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky.

To see what is on your ballot click here.