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Of note: As Wisconsinites were poised to cast ballots in the consequential 2022 midterm election, Wisconsin Watch’s Matt Mencarini took voters through the life cycle of their ballots, highlighting the numerous safeguards aimed at ensuring an accurate count. The story was part of Wisconsin Watch’s Democracy on the Ballot series, which highlighted democracy-related issues in the run-up to Tuesday’s election. On Election Day, Wisconsin Watch reporters and photographers fanned out to monitor voting in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Sheboygan and Madison as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson both claimed re-election victories.

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Election workers Jeff and Lori Lutzka process absentee ballots at Milwaukee’s central count facility on Aug. 11, 2020. (Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch)

Security seals and documentation: The life cycle of Wisconsin election ballots

Wisconsin Watch — November 4, 2022

As Wisconsinites head to the polls on Tuesday they may only spend four or five minutes with their ballot. They’ll mark their votes, get a sticker and check the results that night. But their ballots have a much longer life cycle, with checks and balances in place along the way to ensure they are counted correctly.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers applauds as he gives his victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis. (Angela Major / WPR)

More of a ripple than a wave. How Wisconsin defied a GOP sweep.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — November 10, 2022

Wisconsin voters delivered a split decision in its most consequential races, preserving the status quo by reelecting Democratic incumbent Gov. Tony Evers and sending Republican incumbent Ron Johnson back to the U.S. Senate for a third time ― a surprise in a national dynamic that was expected to produce a GOP sweep.

Related analysis by the Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin’s unusual split election was driven by some very familiar trends

As domestic violence in Wisconsin surges, shelters unable to keep up with need

Green Bay Press-Gazette — November 8, 2022

Domestic violence shelters across Wisconsin report huge surges in demand, and workers suggest not only is the volume increasing, but so is the intensity of abuse. A national report from the Violence Policy Center released in October ranked Wisconsin eighth highest in cases of men murdering women in 2020. 

7 books have been removed from Elmbrook school libraries amid an organized effort to ban books across Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — November 8, 2022

Months after the implementation of a new Elmbrook School District library policy, seven books have been removed from circulation. Each of the seven books was also included on a now-public list that is nearly identical to one created, in part, by a Wisconsin GOP legislator and parents from outside the Elmbrook district as part of a coordinated effort to remove certain books from public libraries.

Related coverage from Wisconsin Watch: Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric roils Wisconsin, providing political fuel for the right

Demolition and cleanup takes place at Superior’s oil refinery in 2019. (Danielle Kaeding / WPR)

After an explosion 4 years ago, Wisconsin’s only oil refinery is on track to start up early next year

WPR — November 8, 2022

After an explosion four years ago, Wisconsin’s only oil refinery in Superior is on track to start up early next year. Meanwhile, the city’s residents may finally know what caused the explosion by the end of this year. 

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