Wisconsin Voters Head To The Polls To Decide Balance Of State Supreme Court

Voters in Wisconsin are heading to the polls on Tuesday to determine the future of the state Supreme Court. The race is one of the most expensive court battles in history, with total spending exceeding $40 million, and neither candidate belongs to a political party. The conservative candidate, former Justice Dan Kelly, is supported by most Republicans, while the liberal candidate, Judge Janet Protasiewicz, is backed by most Democrats. The winner will earn a 10-year term on the court and determine the court’s ideological balance.

Protasiewicz has received donations from left-wing billionaire George Soros and Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), while Kelly is supported by conservative judicial organization, Fair Courts America. Hollywood also seems to be backing Protasiewicz, with director Steven Speilberg contributing to her campaign, and actor Mark Ruffalo encouraging voters to elect Protasiewicz and flip the state Supreme Court.

The candidates have attacked each other during the campaign. Kelly has called Protasiewicz “soft-on-crime,” while Protasiewicz has linked Kelly to attempts to challenge the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin. Though officially non-partisan, the candidates have nearly polar opposite views on divisive issues like abortion, with Protasiewicz supporting it and Kelly receiving endorsements from key pro-life groups in the state.

The election’s outcome could have an impact on several key issues in the state, including abortion laws, election integrity measures, election maps, and gun laws. Last year, the state’s Supreme Court ruled that Wisconsin voters could not turn their ballots into unmanned drop boxes or give them to others to drop off for them. Republicans currently control the state’s general assembly, while Democrat Gov. Tony Evers won re-election in November.

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