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Of note: This week we highlight our latest Democracy on the Ballot story, which examines claims by various conservative political groups that “thousands” of ineligible voters remain on Wisconsin’s voter rolls. Wisconsin Watch reporters Matthew DeFour, Matt Mencarini and Jacob Resneck discovered there are flaws in the way the state removes some voters declared “incompetent” to vote from Wisconsin’s rolls. But they found no evidence the problem is widespread enough to tip an election — or that it is part of a plot to commit voter fraud. 

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Voting signs are seen outside the polling place at the Catholic Multicultural Center in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 3, 2020. (Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch)

In search for illegal Wisconsin votes, activists uncover gaps — but no plot

Wisconsin Watch — October 7, 2022

Conservative activists are pushing officials to remove thousands of people from Wisconsin’s voter rolls, pointing to holes in maintenance of the state’s voter database, allowing some ineligible voters to cast a ballot. But their efforts also have spread misleading information, conflating ineligible and eligible voters and sowing doubts about the upcoming election during a volatile time for American democracy.

Related coverage from the Racine Journal Times: Racine Co. man charged with intentionally committing election fraud raises flurry of defenses

From left, Tahera Sultani, Mahrukh Delawarzad, Manizha Nazari and Shekiba Sultani are Afghan evacuees who fled their country in 2021 and are now studying at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (Amena Saleh / Wisconsin Watch)

They escaped the Taliban. Now these women in Wisconsin face a new foe: the high cost of college.

Wisconsin Watch — October 13, 2022

Ten Afghan evacuees at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee thought they had been offered full scholarships to get a bachelor’s degree. But the offer was only for an immersive English program. Now the women are struggling to figure out how to pay for the education they risked their lives to get.

An upstream view of the Mississippi River is seen from a bridge in La Crosse, Wis., on July 21, 2022.  (Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch)

Nitrate pours into Mississippi River and other U.S. waterways, report says

Wisconsin Watch — October 8, 2022

Nitrate compounds were the top toxic substances released into U.S. waterways in 2020, including the Mississippi River, according to a recent study conducted by an environmental policy and advocacy group.

More Mississippi River coverage from the Courier Journal and St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Mississippi River basin is getting wetter as climate change brings era of extreme rain, floods

Sgt. Jason Russell of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office speaks with a fellow officer during a traffic stop while on patrol earlier this month as part of a grant program designed to step up enforcement of impaired driving laws and reduce crashes. (Samantha Madar / Wisconsin State Journal)

In Milwaukee, Latinos fed up with crime weigh GOP appeal

Associated Press — October 13, 2022 

In two decades of street outreach on Milwaukee’s south side, evangelical pastor Marty Calderon has offered Bible study, gang prevention, a safe place to stay for those battling addiction, and help getting jobs for those newly released from prison. Lately, Calderon has started bringing Republican politicians to his ministry, God Touch.

Medical debt lawsuits, paused early in pandemic, ramping up in Wisconsin, report says

Wisconsin State Journal — October 12, 2022

Some Wisconsin health care providers that stopped or greatly reduced medical debt collection lawsuits early in the COVID-19 pandemic have escalated actions this year, according to a report Tuesday.

See previous coverage from Wisconsin Watch’s Costly Care series

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