Candidates' Answers Fall Partisan Primary 2014

Fall Primary Election Augst 12, 2014

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Voting Information

The ballot for the Fall Partisan Primary on August 12, 2014, will have three parties represented, appearing in the order:


You must choose one party and vote only for candidates from that party.

If you designate a party preference, only your vote(s) cast within that party will be counted.
If you do not designate a party preference, you must still cast your vote(s) within one party.
Votes cast without a party designation and for more than one party will not be counted.
A “write-in” option will be available for each position within each party listing.

The top candidate in each party (as well as any Independent candidates) will be on the ballot for the November 4 General Election. Our Fall General Election edition of Candidates' Answers will be on this Website and in Isthmus October 16, 2014.

Click the links below to read the Candidates' Answers for these August 12 contests. To see exactly what races will be on your ballot, visit MyVote WI (


Representative, District 2


Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
Secretary of State
State Treasurer
Senate  Districts 13, 15, and 27
Assembly  Districts 37, 38, 42, 43, 46–48, 76–81


Clerk of Circuit Court

     Candidates’ Answers is compiled from questionnaires sent to the candidates by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) and the League of Women Voters of Dane County (LWVDC). The League is a non-partisan, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code. Candidates’ Answers does not recommend or endorse candidates or parties. Candidates’ replies are printed exactly as the candidates wrote them. The candidates were given a 600-character limit for each question.

     Permission to copy and distribute Candidates' Answers is granted if no candidate’s answers are altered in any way, equal treatment is afforded all candidates for a given office, and credit is given to the League of Women Voters of Dane County.

    Contributions to support Candidates’ Answers are appreciated. You can contribute here or by mailing a check to LWVDC to the address below. 


September Issues Forum and Open House

The public is invited to join us for refreshments and conversation at our annual
Open House / Social Hour
 Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6 pm

Then stay for our September Issues Forum at 7 pm

Race to Equity

Erica Nelson, Project Director, Race to Equity

Lawrence Torry Winn, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Consultant, Wisconsin Council on Children & Families

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 Study materials    Download a flyer to post  (to come)

The Capitol Lakes Grand Hall, 333 West Main Street in Downtown Madison.
Free parking in the ramp across the street. Have your parking ticket validated as you leave the event.

May Member Challenge

You did it again!

Anonymous donors agreed to contribute up to $2000 in matching funds if members would contribute during the special May Member Challenge. You met and exceeded their generosity. The challenge garnered a total of 35 donations and $5485 for our league to use to continue our important work, encouraging informed and active participation in government. 

Thank you!

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Struck Down

Federal Court Judge Lynn Adelman has struck down Wisconsin's Voter ID law, saying it imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters. The decision, which you can read here, will likely be appealed.

Note that the Wisconsin Supreme Court is still considering the challenges to the law brought by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee NAACP.

State League Executive Director Andrea Kaminski is interviewed in this news coverage on Channel 27.

How to Become a Voter Registrar

To register voters in Madison, you can watch a video online, complete a form and a quiz, sign it, and send it in. Your certification will be good for registering Madison voters ONLY. To register residents of other towns and municipalities, contact the relevant municipal clerk. Many clerks accept Madison certification. Our Voting Information page has contact information.

Valentine's Day Fundraising

Valentine's Day coincides with the founding of the League of Women Voters. The League uses the occasion to encourage members and others to show their love by making a Valentine's Day / "Birthday" contribution. On behalf of Pat Kippert, Fundraising Director, we are thrilled to share the news of this year's fantastic success, both in terms of contributed dollars and number of donors (66!). Thanks to all who helped make this happen!

Valentine's Fundraising

Donate to Support Our Activities

Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the League of Women Voters of Dane County. Please mail or deliver to our office at 2712 Marshall Court, Madison, WI 53705. Or Donate through PayPal using your PayPal account or credit card.

Thank you for your support!

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WI Supreme Court to review voter ID ruling

Wisconsin’s voter ID law (2011 Wisconsin Act 23) was passed in 2011 and has been blocked since March 2012. The law has been challenged by four lawsuits, which are still in the courts.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has announced it will review the Appeals Court ruling in the League's case. The high court will consolidate oral arguments with a separate case filed by NAACP and Voces de la Frontera. Attorneys will be filing briefs in the coming months, and oral arguments will be scheduled in the future. Click here to see the current status of the lawsuits. (Reviewed/updated weekly by LWVWI.)

Voter ID Provisions Enjoined

Two separate judges, on March 6 and March 12, 2012, issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing photo ID requirements in 2011 Act 23. The Wisconsin Department of Justice appealed those injunctions, and the appeals were certified to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which sent them back to the respective Courts of Appeals.

On May 30, 2013, the Court of Appeals District IV reversed the circuit court's judgement and injuction in the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin's case. The League is conisdering its options with regard to further legal review.

The voter ID law continues to be blocked by the injunction ordered in the other case. The Appeals Court decision is a limited one. The Court of Appeals declined to find that the Voter ID law is unconstitutional in the absence of evidence that the requirement impairs the rights of qualified citizens to vote. Such evidence was not presented in this case. Thus, the May 30 decision does not resolve the constitutionality of the law. Other cases are still pending in state and federal courts that address the impairment issue.

Other key provisions of Act 23 remain in effect:

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