Madison, WI – On Tuesday, December 11, 2007, the Presidential Preference Selection Committee will meet at the State Capitol in Madison to select the candidates who will appear on the ballot for the Presidential Preference Vote on February 19, 2008. The Committee will certify candidates for the Democratic and Republican ballots.
This meeting is the first step in Wisconsin’s participation in the presidential election process. The Presidential Preference Primary on February 19, 2008, provides Wisconsin citizens with the opportunity to participate in the selection of the next President of the United States.
The Committee traditionally meets in the Governor’s Conference Room located on the first floor of the East Wing of the State Capitol. If the Committee needs to relocate because of a scheduling conflict, the meeting will be held in a Senate Hearing Room, 300 Southeast.
The Committee consists of eleven (11) members: the President and minority leader of the State Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the Assembly or their designees, the State Chairs of the Democratic and Republican Parties, and one national committeeman and national committeewoman from each party designated by the state chairs.
The first order of business for the Committee is to select an additional member to chair the meeting. It is expected that the committee will select David Anstaett, who serves as the nonpartisan member of the State Elections Board, to serve as chair.
The Committee is charged with selecting those individuals whose candidacy is generally advocated or recognized in the national news media throughout the United States for placement on the presidential primary ballot. The Committee may also add the names of other individuals.
Candidates who are not selected may circulate a petition to appear on the ballot. They must gather at least 8,000 signatures, 1,000 from each of the State’s Congressional Districts, no later than January 2, 2008. Candidates selected for the ballot by the Committee have until January 2, 2008 to withdraw their names from the ballot.
On February 19, 2008, Wisconsin voters will have the opportunity to express their preference for a presidential candidate. In the Presidential Preference Primary, an elector may vote on the ballot of only one political party. The elector may choose to vote by one of the following methods:
• Vote for one of the persons whose names are printed on the ballot; or
• Vote for an uninstructed delegation from Wisconsin to the national convention of the party; or
• Write in the name of another person to become the presidential candidate of the party.