MADISON, WI – Government Accountability Board Vice Chair Gerald Nichol on Wednesday afternoon certified the results of Wisconsin’s September 9, 2008 partisan primary election.
“Wisconsin’s ballot is set,” said Nat Robinson, Elections Division Administrator. “Our clerks can now have ballots printed, and voters can begin requesting and receiving absentee ballots thirty days before the November 4 election.”
Wisconsin has four political parties which currently have ballot status: The Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party, the Republican Party and the Wisconsin Green Party. Ballot status, a label specifying the party’s section on the ballot, is determined and maintained by collecting signatures or the number of votes cast in previous elections.
For Wisconsin’s eight Congressional districts, the Democratic and Republican parties fielded candidates in seven districts, the Libertarian Party in two districts, and the Wisconsin Green Party in none. There are two independent candidates for Congress, in the 4th and 5th districts, which means no candidate for Congress is unopposed.
For 16 of 33 State Senate seats among the four political parties with ballot status, the Democratic and Republican parties have candidates in 12 districts, and the Libertarian and Green parties have no candidates. There is one independent candidate for Senate, in the 20th District.
For all 99 State Assembly seats among the four political parties with ballot status, the Democratic Party has 92 candidates, the Republican Party has 75 candidates, the Libertarian Party has five candidates, and the Green Party has no candidates. There are six independent candidates for Assembly.
For 71 District Attorney contests, among the four political parties with ballot status, the Republican Party has 40 candidates, the Democratic Party has 34 candidates, and the Green and Libertarian parties have no candidates. There is one independent candidate for district attorney, in Burnett County, and only Chippewa, Fond du Lac, Jefferson and Marinette counties have contested races.
Wisconsin has 72 counties, but Menominee and Shawano counties share a district attorney.
Wisconsin’s Presidential Preference Primary was held on February 19, when the Republican and Democratic parties held contests. All four parties with ballot status have presidential candidates, and there are five independent candidates also at the top of the ballot.
Voters who wish to see what candidates will appear on their ballots can check the Government Accountability Board’s Voter Public Access web site. The site is located at http://vpa.wi.gov.