Yes. Wisconsin families have multiple school choice options, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. One option is open enrollment, which allows students to enroll in schools in districts other than where they live or attend virtual charter schools.
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Do a majority of Wisconsinites support legalizing marijuana?
Yes. Just under two-thirds (64%) of registered voters support legalizing marijuana, according to a Marquette Law School Poll released Nov. 2, 2022. Democrats and independents were more likely to support legalization, at 82% and 67%, compared to 43% of Republicans.
Is the Republican gerrymander after the 2010 census the only reason for the GOP’s dominance of the Wisconsin Legislature?
No. Although Republican lawmakers redrew legislative districting maps in 2011 that in effect highly favored their electoral outcomes in the Wisconsin State Legislature, experts have argued that Wisconsin’s natural political geography also is somewhat biased in favor of Republicans.
Did Mandela Barnes get more votes than Tim Michels?
Yes. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes received about 42,000 more votes than Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels. Both Barnes and Michels lost their statewide races.
Did Wisconsin Republicans achieve a veto-proof supermajority in the Legislature in the 2022 election?
No. While Republicans will hold a supermajority in the Senate, they fell short in the Assembly — meaning they lack the necessary two-thirds majority in both chambers to override Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ vetoes.
Can Wisconsin redraw its legislative and congressional maps before the next census?
Yes. In League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled there are no provisions in the Constitution or federal law prohibiting states from redrawing their congressional or legislative maps at any time. However, they must redistrict at least every 10 years after the national census is completed.
Can federal authorities monitor elections in Wisconsin?
Yes. The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has the responsibility to enforce federal voting rights statutes including the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in states, which it does through observing elections in the field. Federal elections monitoring has taken place since the passage of the act.
Did Tony Evers say ‘holy mackerel’ in announcing his win early Wednesday morning?
Yes. Gov. Tony Evers announced his victory in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race in the early morning on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, saying in his acceptance speech, “Holy mackerel, folks, how about that?” He repeated his “holy mackerel” catchphrase in a tweet.
Did Tony Evers receive five more votes than challenger Tim Michels in Port Washington?
Yes. Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who won his re-election race early Wednesday, received five more votes than Republican candidate Tim Michels in the city of Port Washington, according to unofficial results from Ozaukee County.
Did Dane County, Wisconsin have 88% voter turnout in 2022, tied with the 2018 midterms?
No. Dane County saw 80.3% turnout in the 2022 midterm election, according to unofficial results last updated at 5:12 a.m. on Nov. 9.
Does Wisconsin state law prohibit counting absentee ballots before Election Day?
Yes. In 1915, a state law was passed in Wisconsin stipulating that absentee ballots “must be opened only at the polls on election day while said polls are open.” While there have been minor language changes and renumberings throughout the years, the original law remains in place.
Does Wisconsin have the oldest abortion ban in the nation?
Yes. Wisconsin’s 1849 ban on abortion is the oldest in the nation that could go into effect post-Roe, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health advocacy and research organization.