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Wisconsin elections, 2013

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1 Voting in West Virginia
1.1 Important voting information
1.2 Voting absentee
1.3 Voting early
2 Elections Performance Index
3 See also
4 References


The state of Wisconsin will hold elections in 2013. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2013 ballot
U.S. Senate Defeatedd
U.S. House Defeatedd
State Executives Approveda
State Senate Defeatedd
State Assembly Approveda
Ballot measures Approveda
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November 5, 2013
Election Results

2013 elections

There are several special elections scheduled for the state of Wisconsin in 2013.

Elections by type


State executive official elections in Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin state executive official elections, 2013

One state executive position was up for election in 2013 in the state of Wisconsin:

The primary election was on February 19, 2013 followed by a general election on April 2, 2013.[3] Incumbent Tony Evers was first elected in April 2009 and won re-election to a second term against challenger Don Pridemore on April 2, 2013.[4]

Related: State executive official elections, 2013

State Assembly

See also: Wisconsin state legislative special elections, 2013.

State Assembly District 82

Rep. Jeffrey Stone (R) resigned to become Division Administrator for the Division of Water, Compliance, and Consumer Affairs of the Public Service Commission. A special election was called for December 17, with a primary on November 19. Ken Skowronski won the December 17 special election. Candidates had until October 22 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of State.[5][6][7][8]

State Assembly District 21

Rep. Mark Honadel (R) resigned on September 16, 2013, to take a job in the private sector. A special election was called for November 19, with a primary on October 22. Elizabeth Coppola and Jessie Rodriguez faced off in the November 19 special election, and Rodriguez won. Candidates had until September 24 to file certified nomination papers.[9][10][11]

State Assembly District 69

Rep. Scott Suder (R) resigned on September 2, 2013, to take a job as an administrator with the state Public Service Commission. A special election was called for November 19, with a primary on October 22. Kenneth A. Slezak, Bob Kulp and Tim Swiggum competed in the November 19 special election, and Kulp won. Candidates had until September 24 to file certified nomination papers.[12][13][14]

State Assembly District 98

Assemblyman Paul Farrow (R) was the only candidate running in the December 4, 2012 special election for the District 33 seat in the Wisconsin State Senate. Thus, Farrow easily took the seat and resigned his District 98 Assembly seat. A special election to replace him was called for April 2, 2013, which Adam Neylon won.[15][16][17][18][19]
Related: See election information and results here.

Local ballot measures in Wisconsin

See also: Local ballot measures, Wisconsin

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Voting in Wisconsin

See also: Voting in Wisconsin
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Important voting information

  • Wisconsin uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
  • As of April 2015, Wisconsin is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Wisconsin, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Wisconsin is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting runs for two weeks before an election, ending at 5 p.m. or close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before the election.[20] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

2014 developments

In March 2014, Governor Scott Walker applied a partial veto to a bill altering the state's early voting procedures. The legislation as passed restricted early voting hours in several cities to 45 hours per week. Walker vetoed this provision, but he left in place a provision prohibiting early voting on weekends. Democrats alleged that the restrictions placed an undue burden on minorities, veterans, the elderly and students. Republicans maintained that the changes were necessary to ensure uniformity in procedures between urban and rural locations, arguing that rural election officials often lack the resources needed to maintain the same early voting hours that cities can offer.[21]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Wisconsin ranked 6th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Wisconsin received an overall score of 73 percent.[22]

See also


  1. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Registration and Voting," accessed March 18, 2013
  2. Government Accountability Board, "Registration and Voting" accessed March 18, 2013
  3. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "2013 Spring Election" (dead link)
  4. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin April 2 election results," accessed April 3, 2013
  5., "Executive Order #118," accessed December 16, 2013
  6., "Official candidate list," accessed December 16, 2013
  7., "Official primary election results," accessed December 16, 2013
  8. Journal Sentinel," "Ken Skowronski wins special Assembly election to replace Jeff Stone," December 17, 2013
  9., "Special election called for 21st Assembly District," September 18, 2013
  10. "Official candidate list," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  11., "Fields Finalized For Special Elections," October 23, 2013
  12., "2013 Assembly District 69 Special Election," accessed September 5, 2013
  13. "Official candidate list," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  14., "Fields Finalized For Special Elections," October 23, 2013
  15. Sussex Patch, "Strong Interest in 98th Assembly District Race," November 19, 2012
  16. FOX6Now, "Gov. Walker calls special election to fill vacancy," December 17, 2012
  17. Agri-View, "Another election is just around the corner," January 17, 2013
  18., "Adam Neylon Wins 98th Assembly District Primary," February 19, 2013
  19., "Adam Neylon Wins State Assembly Seat," April 2, 2013
  20. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named absenteeWI
  21. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker signs early-voting bill; partial veto extends voting hours," March 27, 2014
  22. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014