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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Mayoral races, referendums headline spring election

It's been four years since Wisconsin last saw a spring election without a statewide race on the ballot.

And that means voter turnout -- which eclipsed 20 percent last April -- is likely to drop to just over half that amount on Tuesday, according to Government Accountability Board projections.

Still, there's considerable action on today's ballot at the local level, headlined by races for judicial seats and local government positions -- including a slew of contested mayoral races.

Waukesha is the largest city to hold a mayoral contest today, according to a WisPolitics.com review of sample spring ballots. First-term incumbent Jeff Scrima will face off against attorney Shawn Reilly, who won a four-way primary last month. Several other large Milwaukee suburbs also have mayoral contests on the ballot, including Brookfield, Franklin, Muskego and South Milwaukee.

Elsewhere, one mayoral race could also have an impact on the state Legislature. Longtime GOP state Rep. Dean Kaufert is challenging third-term Neenah Mayor George Scherck and has said he likely won't seek re-election to his Assembly seat if elected.

In addition, three of the state's 11 county executives are also on the spring ballot, but only one has a contested race: Manitowoc County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer, the former state rep who's being challenged by county Coroner Curtis Green.

The spring ballot also features a slew of referendums on issues from school funding to campaign finance reform to, in Milwaukee County, limiting the pay of county board supervisors.

See more on the spring election here and here.

Find your polling location here.


-- By Andy Szal


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