Primary Election, August 12, 2014

In two weeks, Wisconsin will be holding a primary election. Statewide offices on the ballot this year are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer. In addition, all 8 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, all 99 State Assembly seats, and half of the 33 State Senate seats are also on the ballot. It’s a lot to keep track of, particularly after you factor in county and local elections. Fortunately, there are also a lot of government information sources that can help voters know how to vote, when to vote, and who (or what) is on the ballot.

From the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s (GAB)  Voter Information Center, you can find out the dates of the primary and general elections, find your polling place, and learn about voting eligibility, among other things.

The GAB also maintains a site called “My Vote Wisconsin,” where you can find out if you’re registered, and if not, you can register right from the website. Through this website, you can also find out where to vote and what’s on your ballot, which differs from place to place, depending on local elections or referendum questions.

The Legislative Reference Bureau compiles a list of candidates for statewide office, as well as for state senate and state assembly, for each primary and general election. The list of candidates for the upcoming primary is now available on the LRB website.

If you are interested in learning about the history of the Wisconsin Legislature, Michael Keane of the LRB recently wrote an informational bulletin giving a thorough, data-driven analysis of the changing composition of that body: Tenure, Turnover, and Reelection in the Wisconsin Legislature, 1940-2012.

For those interested in delving further into elections and politics, the GAB site also provides information about campaign finance and lobbying.

Have I missed any of your favorite election-related government information sources? Point them out in the comments!

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