Tomorrow, April 4, voters will go to the polls and elect a new state supreme court justice in what some are calling the most important election of 2023.
The two candidates running for the seat are Janet Protasiewicz and Daniel Kelly. The winner will join a Wisconsin Supreme Court made up of seven justices who preside over our state's most pressing constitutional questions – deciding on cases involving abortion and voting rights to LGBTQ+ rights and criminal justice issues. You can learn more about the candidates' positions on important issues with our voter information guide. <[link removed]>
Whoever is elected will serve on the high court for a term of ten years, so the actions they take will shape the future of our state. That's why it's so important that all of us show up to vote and make an informed decision.
There will also be two referendum questions on the ballot that would amend the state constitution and make our bail system worse. We're urging voters to vote no to both. <[link removed]>
Here are a few things to remember as you head out to the polls tomorrow:
* Are you registered to vote? – Even if you missed the deadline to register to vote online, you can still register in-person at your polling place. <[link removed]> Just don't forget to bring proof of residence <[link removed]> with you (it's OK if it's electronic – like on your phone).
* Bring your ID – You'll need a photo ID to cast your vote. Learn which forms of ID are acceptable. <[link removed]> If you don't have the ID you need to vote, you can get one for free at the DMV even if you don't have documents like a birth certificate.
* If you have an absentee ballot, return it (but don't mail it) – If you have an absentee ballot, follow the instructions provided to fill it out properly. Remember that you need a witness! The witness must watch you complete the ballot, you and your witness must sign the envelope, and your witness must write their full address on it.
You can hand deliver your absentee ballot to your clerk's office, polling place, or central count location if your community uses one. You must return it by tomorrow, April 4, 8 p.m.
Voters with disabilities can have someone help them return their ballot. Contact the Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline at 844-347-8683 or email [email protected]?subject=Help%20returning%20ballot for more information.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the most powerful court in the state, and the judges we elect to it have a monumental impact on our civil liberties and civil rights. All of us should make our voices heard.