Wisconsin voters to decide on private funding of elections

Wisconsin voters will decide Tuesday on a pair of referendums that could change how elections are conducted for decades to come in one of the country’s most politically competitive states.

One would bar state and local governments from using private funds to conduct elections, while the other one mandates that only election officials can carry out election-related tasks. 

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on Aug. 5, 2022, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Broadly speaking, Republicans and conservative groups are urging voters to say “yes” to both, while Democrats are a hard “no.”

Democrats in the battleground state have spent the past decade being boxed out of power by the GOP, which held an iron grip on the state government. Republicans have held control of both houses of the state legislature for years, in part because of the district
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