Wisconsin Electoral Resource


Wisconsin earned the nickname “Badger State,” not because of its proliferation of badgers, but because its earliest white inhabitants were itinerant lead miners who burrowed into the hills for shelter rather than waste time and resources on a more permanent structure.

Enraged by the recent passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Alvan Bovay convened a meeting at a schoolhouse in Ripon to create a new political party that would defend against the expansion of slavery. It was during this meeting, on March 20, 1854, that the Republican Party was established.

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The first dairy school in the United States was established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1890. Although only two students attended the first class, enrollment jumped to 75 within a year after Professor Stephen Babcock developed a test that measured the butterfat content of milk. The “Babcock test” provided an incentive to produce high quality milk and allowed farmers to be paid accordingly.

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In 1911, Victor Berger became the first Socialist elected to Congress. After winning election again in 1918, the House of Representatives refused to seat him due to an unresolved legal battle involving his outspoken condemnation of U.S. involvement in World War I. By 1921 the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in his favor and the charges against him were dismissed.

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Each year Milwaukee hosts an 11-day event dubbed the “World’s Largest Music Festival,” which features more than 700 bands on 11 stages along the shore of Lake Michigan. Created by mayor Henry Maier in 1968, Summerfest attracts around one million attendees.

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In 2011, Wisconsin’s more than 1.2 billion dairy cows produced over three billion gallons of milk.

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In October 1871, Wisconsin was the site of the most destructive forest fire in American history: Twelve hundred people were killed and 2 billion trees burned in what became known as theGreat Peshtigo Fire.

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Wisconsin has more lakes than Minnesota, the “land of 10,000 lakes.”

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Wisconsin Voting Quick Facts
  • Current Population:5,771,337
  • Voter Registration Deadline: Election day
  • Election Day Voter Registration: Yes
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 10
  • Congressional Districts: 8
Governor Scott  Walker
Rebecca Kleefisch
Brad Schimel,
Hon. Douglas La Follette

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
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Wisconsin US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Wisconsin. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Wisconsin's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Wisconsin: US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

Incumbent Republican Senator, Ron Johnson, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Ron Johnson won the election to the United States Senate with 51.9% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Russ Feingold, who came in second with 47.0% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Wisconsin)

Wisconsin 2016 U.S. Representative races

The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Wisconsin this election cycle. Of the 8 seats up for election this election cycle, 5 currently held by Republicans, and 3 held by Democrats.

Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Wisconsin U.S. House

Congressional DistrictU.S. RepresentativeParty Affiliation

District 1

Representative Ryan, Paul D.Republican

District 2

Representative Pocan, MarkDemocratic

District 3

Representative Kind, RonDemocratic

District 4

Representative Moore, GwenDemocratic

District 5

Representative Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr.Republican

District 6

Representative Grothman, GlennRepublican

District 7

Representative Duffy, Sean P.Republican

District 8

Representative Ribble, Reid J.Republican
Wisconsin Congressional Districts
Wisconsin US Districts
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Registered Voters

Total: 3,492,577

State of Wisconsin Quick Facts
  • Date of Statehood: May 29, 1848
  • Size: 65,496 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Badger State
  • Tree: Sugar Maple
  • Flower: Wood Violet
  • Bird: Robin
When's The Next Election?
November 8, 2016
In 17 days
Wisconsin : General Election Day at 7:00am - 8:00pm
Click here to view Wisconsin Elections Schedule for 2016

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is, you can use myvote.wi.gov to register to vote, check your voter registration status, find your polling place, see what's on your ballot, request an absentee ballot (military and permenant overseas voters only), and check provisional ballot status.

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

Wisconsin allows you to register to vote at the polling place in your election district or an alternate polling place on Election Day if you provide identification and proof of residence.You can also register in person at the municipal clerk's office up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election, provided you sign a registration form and present proof of residence.

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