Wisconsin elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Wisconsin held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

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November 6, 2012
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2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Wisconsin, 2012
U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Baldwin 51.5% 1,544,274
     Republican Tommy Thompson 45.9% 1,377,253
     Libertarian Joseph Kexel 2.1% 61,904
     Independent Nimrod Allen III 0.5% 16,326
Total Votes 2,999,757
Source: Wyoming Secretary of State "Election Results, 2012 General Election"
See also: Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Wisconsin State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 17 15
     Republican Party 15 18
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 33 33

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state house.

Wisconsin State Assembly
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 39 39
     Republican Party 58 60
     Independent 1 0
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 99 99

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

As of November 2012, Wisconsin was one of 16 states to use an open primary system. Voters could register to vote in the primary by mail, in person, or at the polls. The postmarked deadline for mailed registrations was July 25, 2012, which was 20 days before the primary took place; the in-person deadline was August 10, 2012; and voters could register at the polls if they brought valid proof of residence.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to pre-register to vote was 20 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 17. Voters could register at the polls the day of the election.[2]

  • Voter ID info
  • Residency requirements: Must have lived in Wisconsin for at least 28 days, and have no current intention of moving.[3]
  • Same-day registration: Yes[4]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Wisconsin. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[5]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the municipal clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before Election Day. If mailed through the U.S. Postal Service, a returned absentee ballot "must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by the municipal clerk no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election." For other means of delivery, the completed ballot must be "delivered to the municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day."[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

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.[5] 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.[6]

See also