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Wisconsin state legislative special elections, 2011

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2011 State Legislative
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In 2011, five special elections were held for the Wisconsin State Legislature. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the Wisconsin State Assembly, Districts 48, 60, 83, 94, and 95.

How vacancies are filled

In Wisconsin, any vacancy in the Legislature must be filled by a special election.[1] The governor can call for an election when allowed by law. The election cannot be held after February 1 before a spring general election, unless it is held on the same day of the election, which is the first Tuesday in April. The same requirement applies to any election preceding the fall general election (after September 1), with the exception for elections held on the first Tuesday in November.[2] Also, all vacancies must be filled quickly as long the vacancy happened before the second Tuesday in May during an election year.[3]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 14
     Republican Party 18
     Vacancy 1
Total 33

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 36
     Republican Party 63
Total 99

Special elections

May 3, 2011

August 9, 2011

August 16, 2011

November 8, 2011

See also


  1. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Statutes," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 17.19 (1), Wisconsin Statutes)
  2. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Statutes," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 8.50, Wisconsin Statutes)
  3. Wisconsin Legislature, "Wisconsin Statutes," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Statute 8.50(4)-(d), Wisconsin Statutes)
  4. 4.0 4.1 WKBT "3 Wis. lawmakers bid adieu to take jobs with gov," January 3, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Governor Orders Special Elections for Three Assembly Seats," February 23, 2011
  6. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stroebel wins 60th Assembly seat," May 3, 2011
  7. Daily Journal, "Republican Craig defeats Brownlow for Assembly seat in southeast Wisconsin district," May 03, 2011
  8. WXOW, "Doyle announces candidacy for 94th Assembly," January 11, 2011
  9., "Dem wins Wis. Assembly seat previously held by GOP," May 3, 2011
  10. LaCrosse Tribune, "It's Lautz versus Doyle in 94th Assembly," April 6, 2011
  11. The Daily Cardinal, "County Exec Parisi Sworn in," April 20, 2011, 2011
  12. Wisconsin GAB, Assembly District 48 Special Election
  13. Wisconsin State Journal, "Taylor wins uncontested race for 48th Assembly District," August 9, 2011
  14. Government Accountability Board, "Special Election for Assembly District 95," September 2, 2011
  15. Government Accountability Board, Primary Results
  16. Government Accountability Board, Primary Results
  17. LaCrosse Tribune, "Billings defeats Drewes," November 8, 2011