Election returns should be coming in over the next hour or so, and Voces thinks we can expect to know the results of the Supreme Court primary by 10 pm Eastern Time!
Mousebumples sent me this link: Wisconsin Spring Primary Live Blog
Wisconsin Supreme Court General Election
Polls in Wisconsin close at 8pm tonight for the Spring Election Primary. Results could be 2 liberal judges on the ballot, 2 conservative judges on the ballot, or one of each on the ballot. The two conservative judges have been attacking one another. The Democrats have not. (Dems in Array. Again!)
In coordination with Voces, Balloon Juice and an Indivisible group wrote more than 1,500 postcards asking voters to get out and vote and to support a liberal candidate in the primary. 400 of those were written by an Indivisible group in Ohio! So if you have an Indivisible group that writes, or you are part of some other postcard-writing group, we would love to get them involved in this effort for Voces.
Why the Upcoming State Senate Race (SD-8) Matters in Wisconsin
The other big race is for the newly open seat in the State Senate’s 8th District (SD-8).
There are 100 Latino and 1,000 African-American households in that district, and we would like to send a postcard to each of them.
Republican Alberta Darling retired after the fall elections last year. She represented the 8th Senate District for nearly 30 years, and was first elected to serve in the Wisconsin State Legislature in a special election for Assembly in 1990.
This race also became especially important after the midterms, which saw Republicans come up just short of gaining a full two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the legislature, which could potentially open the door to some pretty egregious nonsense from Republicans.
Flipping this seat will be an uphill battle for Democrats. But there is reason to believe this is a winnable race.
Jodi Habush Sinykin is the lone Democrat running in this race and she seems to be a very strong candidate. She’s an attorney who has specialized in environmental law, particularly on water issues (she was part of the group that sued over Foxconn’s planned diversion of Great Lakes water). She and her husband own a textile manufacturing company based in Janesville.
She’s already gained endorsements from Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Attorney General Josh Kaul, and a host of organizations, including unions, environmental organizations, and abortion rights groups. She’s also the daughter of Bob Habush of Habush, Habush & Rottier fame. Which means nothing to me, but I’ll bet it means a lot in Wisconsin!
Although Republicans gave themselves an easier path to hold this seat through gerrymandering the district, the ingredients are there for the Democrat to pull off an upset and deliver a real blow to the state GOP as their wall of red continues to crumble.
We plan to write more postcards for both of these races in the April 4 election, and if anyone wants to start writing postcards tonight, we have suggested messaging.
First date to mail postcards is 3/10, but even while we’re waiting for results tonight, anyone can start writing the postcards now for the 1,100 households in SD-8.
Who is up for writing?
Request postcard addresses by email from WaterGirl (my nym at balloon-juice.com) and include 1) your nym, 2) # of addresses, and 3) which race the addresses are for (SD-8 or WI Supreme Court)
Some of the addresses in this district can look crazy – they are based on a grid system and can get long and complex. Please include all of the letters and numbers (e.g. N1234 W5678 Main St.) to make sure the postcard reaches its destination.
Key points for SD-8 postcards.
Support Democrat Jodi Habush Sinykin for Wisconsin State Senate.
Election day is April 4, and early voting starts March 21.
Include one or both of these:
She is a coalition builder and community advocate.
Privacy matters, and Jodi stands against political interference in personal decisions.
Visit MYVOTE.WI.GOV to find where and when to vote.