Wednesday, November 7, 2018: The results are in!
- Wisconsin has elected a Democratic Governor and Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and State Treasurer. The State Legislature remains in Republican control.
- Based on unofficial totals, nearly 2.7 million people in Wisconsin cast ballots. That comes to 57.2 percent of the voting-age population. Nationally, over 113 million citizens turned out to vote in this midterm election year (compared to only 83 million in the last midterm).
Heading into a divided government, it will be important for the creative sector to be grounded in its values, working across party lines for vibrant, thriving communities, imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Recap – “Who won major races in Wisconsin,” Wisconsin State Journal, 11-7-18
Watch for updated action information in this space!
Below are links and information on everything and anything you need to know and to vote in Wisconsin for the 2018 elections. From polling locations, to registration, and everything in between, click the links below to find what you need. Remember, every vote counts! Get in touch with Arts Wisconsin with questions, comments, etc.
2018-2019 Election and Legislative Dates:
- Friday, June 1, 2018: Candidate filing deadline
- Tuesday, August 14, 2018: Primary Elections
- Tuesday, November 6, 2018: General Elections
- January 2019: Legislature begins session
- February 2019: Governor introduces 2019-2011 budget
- Monday, March 11, 2019: Spring Wisconsin Creative Summit
- Tuesday, March 12, 2019: Arts Day 2019, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison
- June 30, 2019: State budget must be signed into law by this date.
Important Wisconsin races to watch:
- US Senate (one seat)
- US House of Representatives (all 8 districts)
- Wisconsin Governor and Lt. Governor
- Wisconsin Attorney General
- Wisconsin State Senate (odd-numbered districts – 17 seats)
- Wisconsin State Legislature (all 99 districts)
- In preparation for the November general election, Arts Wisconsin has distributed a survey to State Senate and State Assembly candidates to gauge their involvement in the arts and support for investment in the arts and creativity for economic, educational and civic success.
- Send an op-ed to a newspaper or write a blog post about the power and impact of the arts and creativity in your community and statewide.
- Wisconsin Elections Commission: www.elections.wi.gov/
- MyVote Wisconsin: www.myvote.wi.gov – register to vote, check your voter registration status, find your polling place, see what’s on your ballot, request an absentee ballot (military and permanent overseas voters only), and check provisional ballot status.
- Wisconsin Vote – a service of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television: www.wisconsinvote.org/
- WisPolitics: www.wispolitics.com
- How to obtain a Wisconsin Voter ID: www.wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/license-drvs/how-to-apply/id-card.aspx
- Who are your legislators? www.maps.legis.wisconsin.gov
- League of Women Voters of Wisconsin: www.lwvwi.org
- Pre-primary, Tone Madison, a social media site interested in politics and community, asked the eight Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidates questions about the arts and their support of investment in the arts and creativity (7-30-18). Click here for the responses.
Click here for the latest update about federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Five ThirtyEight – blog by Nate Silver: www.fivethirtyeight.com/
- Real Clear Politics: www.realclearpolitics.com/
- Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund: www.artsactionfund.org
- TurboVote: www.turbovote.org
- A detailed, interactive map of the 2016 elections, from the New York Times (7-25-18)
- If you are involved with a 501c3 non-profit organization, here are election do’s and don’ts for non-profits, from Independent Sector.