Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Supreme Court race, constitutional amendment top Tuesday's ballot

Madison— The polls in Wisconsin opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday as voters decide a state Supreme Court race in what is expected to be Wisconsin's last election without a photo ID requirement.

Voters will also decide whether to amend the state constitution to allow members of the Supreme Court to choose the chief justice, rather than have the job go to the most senior justice. That proposal — which could end Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson's 19-year tenure as the court's leader — has gotten more attention than the court seat that's up for election.

In that race, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley is seeking a third 10-year term on the court and is being challenged by Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley.

The Government Accountability Board, which runs state elections, has predicted 20% of eligible voters will turn up at the polls.

A photo ID will not be required to vote Tuesday — but it will be in future elections.
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