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Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011

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The Wisconsin judicial elections of 2011 consisted of a Spring Election on April 5, 2011 and a Spring Primary on February 15, 2011.

Overview

Offices up for election included: one Supreme Court seat, two Court of Appeals seats, 41 Circuit Court seats, and over 100 Municipal Court seats.

Primaries

A statewide primary was held on February 15 for the office of Supreme Court Justice. There were also primary elections that day for Circuit Court Judges in Columbia, Green Lake, Marathon, Milwaukee, Polk, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.

Supreme Court

Results timeline

May 20, 2011:

The recount concluded that Prosser defeated Kloppenburg by 7,006 votes.[1]

April 20, 2011:

Kloppenburg requested a recount of the votes, citing "widespread anomalies".[2] State officials had waited to certify the vote count until the recount request deadline passed. The state was required to pay for the costs associated with the recount, since the margin between the two candidates was less than half of a percent.[3]

April 15, 2011:

The statewide vote canvass was completed. It showed Prosser as the race's victor, with 7,316 votes over Kloppenburg.[4]

The Prosser campaign declared victory with the following statement:

"Today, the will of the electorate is clear with the last canvas now completed and Justice David Prosser re-elected to another 10 year term to the Supreme Court. Justice Prosser extends his appreciation and respect to Joanne Kloppenburg and her spirited campaign. With certified results in‐hand, Justice Prosser hopes that a shared respect for the judiciary allows the campaign to move to a positive conclusion. Justice Prosser looks forward to thanking the voters of Wisconsin and is expected make a public address in the near‐future."[5]

April 11, 2011:

The Democratic canvasser who had worked the Waukesha County ballot canvas and was quoted as saying, "We went over everything and made sure all the numbers jibed up and they did. Those numbers jibed up, and we're satisfied they're correct."[6][7] These revelations seem to cast doubt on the notion that it was "human error" that led to the recovery of 14,315 votes from the City of Brookfield. [8][9]

To learn more about the recount process in Wisconsin, read: The Morning After: If the results are close, what happens next in Wisconsin?

April 7, 2011:

Early in the day, Kloppenburg was ahead by 311 votes, with five precincts still outstanding. Her lead was only .02% of the total vote.[10] As votes continued to be collected, her lead lessened to 204 votes.[11]

Later, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus revealed that, due to human error, she had failed to include 14,315 votes from the City of Brookfield in her unofficial vote tally. With those and some other smaller errors in unofficial vote reports, Prosser gained a 7,582 lead.[6]

April 6, 2011:

Kloppenburg declared victory. Her campaign issued the following statement:

"We owe Justice Prosser our gratitude for his more than 30 years of public service. Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust. I will be independent and impartial and I will decide cases based on the facts and the law. As I have traveled the State, people tell me they believe partisan politics do not belong in our Courts. I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do."[12]

Candidates

The following is a list of candidates for the Supreme Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
KloppenburgJoAnne Kloppenburg    NoDistrict IVExpression error: Unexpected > operator.49.70%   DefeatedD
ProsserDavid T. Prosser   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.50.192%   ApprovedA
StephensMarla J. Stephens    NoExpression error: Unexpected > operator. 
WinnigJoel Winnig    NoExpression error: Unexpected > operator. 

Court of Appeals

The District III vote will be on the ballots in the counties of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Shawano, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vilas and Washburn.

The following is a list of candidates for the Court of Appeals District III 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
PetersonGregory Peterson   ApprovedAYesDistrict IIIExpression error: Unexpected > operator.Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

The District IV vote will appear on the ballots in the counties of Adams, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Marquette, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood.[13]

The following is a list of candidates for the Court of Appeals District IV 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
KloppenburgJoAnne Kloppenburg    NoDistrict IVExpression error: Unexpected > operator.49.70%   DefeatedD
HigginbothamPaul Higginbotham   ApprovedAYesDistrict IVExpression error: Unexpected > operator.Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Circuit Courts

There are 41 circuit court seats up for election in 2011. Only nine of the 41 seats will have a race with more than one candidate. Primary elections were required in Columbia, Green Lake, Marathon, Milwaukee, Polk, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.

Of seven judges who were appointed to the courts in 2010, six are running for election to retain their seat. (Robert Hawley is not.) Of those six, only three have challengers: Pedro Colón, Angela Sutkiewicz and Kathleen Stilling. Three appointees, James G. Pouros, Todd K. Martens and William Domina, are running for their first election uncontested.

Columbia County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Columbia County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
CrossTroy Cross    NoExpression error: Unexpected > operator. 
HenneyTim Henney    NoExpression error: Unexpected > operator.47.85%   DefeatedD
LawtonMark D. Lawton    NoExpression error: Unexpected > operator. 
VoightW. Andrew Voigt   ApprovedANoBranch 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.51.77%   ApprovedA

Dane County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Dane County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
SumiMaryann Sumi   ApprovedAYesBranch 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.100%   ApprovedA
NeissRichard Niess   ApprovedAYesBranch 9Expression error: Unexpected > operator.59.08%   ApprovedA
PagelBriane Pagel    NoBranch 9Expression error: Unexpected > operator.39.7%   DefeatedD

Fond du Lac County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

The following is a list of candidates for the Fond du Lac County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
WirtzRobert Wirtz   ApprovedAYesBranch 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.96.84%   ApprovedA

Grant County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

The following is a list of candidates for the Grant County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
Van De HeyRobert Van De Hey   ApprovedAYesBranch 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.100%   ApprovedA

Green Lake County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

The following is a list of candidates for the Green Lake County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
SelsingJohn B. Selsing    NoBranch 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator. 
SlateMark Slate   ApprovedANoExpression error: Unexpected > operator.53%   ApprovedA
WilsnackJon R. Wilsnack    NoExpression error: Unexpected > operator.46.4%   DefeatedD

Iron County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

The following is a list of candidates for the Iron County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
MaddenPatrick J. Madden   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.100%   ApprovedA

Jefferson County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Jefferson County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
KoschnickRandy Koschnick   ApprovedAYesBranch 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.100%   ApprovedA

Kenosha County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Kenosha County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
MilisauskasAnthony Milisauskas   ApprovedAYesBranch 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.98.6%   ApprovedA

La Crosse County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the La Crosse County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
PasellDale Pasell   ApprovedAYesBranch 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.99.3%   ApprovedA

Langlade County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

The following is a list of candidates for the Langlade County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
KawalskiFred Kawalski   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.100%   ApprovedA

Lincoln County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Lincoln County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
HartleyGlenn Hartley   ApprovedAYesBranch 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "`".   ApprovedA

Manitowoc County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Manitowoc County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
FoxJerome Fox   ApprovedAYesBranch 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.99.6%   ApprovedA

Marathon County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Marathon County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
RotterPeter Rotter    NoBranch 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator. 
MoranMike Moran   ApprovedANoBranch 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.54.9%   ApprovedA
MarcusSandy Marcus    NoBranch 5Expression error: Unexpected > operator.44.9%   DefeatedD

Oconto County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

The following is a list of candidates for the Oconto County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
JudgeMichael Judge   ApprovedAYesBranch 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.99.8%   ApprovedA

Outagamie County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Outagamie County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
McGinnisMark McGinnis   ApprovedAYesBranch 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Polk County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

The following is a list of candidates for the Polk County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
AndersonJeff Anderson   ApprovedANoBranch 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.51.3%   ApprovedA
SteffenDaniel Patrick Steffen    NoBranch 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.48.6%   DefeatedD
RennickeJames Jay Rennicke    NoBranch 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator. 

Portage County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Portage County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
FleishauerFrederic Fleishauer   ApprovedAYesBranch 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Sheboygan County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Sheboygan County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
DelahuntCatherine Quirk Delahunt    YesBranch 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.49.7%   DefeatedD
SutkiewiczAngela Sutkiewicz   ApprovedAYesBranch 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.50.2%   ApprovedA
HaaschJames A. Haasch    NoBranch 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator. 

Vernon County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

The following is a list of candidates for the Vernon County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
RosboroughMichael Rosborough   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Washington County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Washington County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
PourosJames G. Pouros   ApprovedAYesBranch 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.99.37%   ApprovedA
MartensTodd K. Martens   ApprovedAYesExpression error: Unexpected > operator.99.4%   ApprovedA

Waukesha County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Waukesha County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
DominaWilliam Domina   ApprovedAYesBranch 11Expression error: Unexpected > operator.99.5%   ApprovedA
StillingKathleen Stilling    YesBranch 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.33.1%   DefeatedD
RamirezRalph Ramirez   ApprovedAYesBranch 3Expression error: Unexpected > operator.99.5%   ApprovedA
CarterLloyd V. Carter   ApprovedANoBranch 4Expression error: Unexpected > operator.66.7%   ApprovedA

Waupaca County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Waupaca County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
KirkPhilip Kirk   ApprovedANoBranch 1Expression error: Unexpected > operator.Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   ApprovedA

Waushara County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

The following is a list of candidates for the Waushara County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
DutcherGuy Dutcher   ApprovedAYesBranch 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.99.6%   ApprovedA

Winnebago County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2011
The following is a list of candidates for the Winnebago County Circuit Court 2011 election:
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
WoldtScott Woldt   ApprovedAYesBranch 2Expression error: Unexpected > operator.99%   ApprovedA
BissettDaniel Bissett   ApprovedANoBranch 6Expression error: Unexpected > operator.57%   ApprovedA
JelinskiEdmund J. Jelinski    NoExpression error: Unexpected > operator.43%   DefeatedD
CarverCaroline A. Carver    NoBranch 6Expression error: Unexpected > operator. 
KeckDavid W. Keck    NoBranch 6Expression error: Unexpected > operator.Expression error: Unexpected > operator.   


Municipal Courts

There were 110 candidates running for Municipal Courts.

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