Nomination papers shall be filed:
For state offices; municipal judges, if they are elected under s. 755.01 (4)
; or seats on a metropolitan sewerage commission, if the commissioners are elected under s. 66.23 (11) (am)
, in the office of the board.
For county offices, in the office of the county clerk or board of election commissioners.
For city offices and other offices voted for exclusively within the municipality, except the office of county supervisor, in the office of the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners.
For school district offices to be voted for within more than one municipality, with the person designated by the school board as the filing official for their school district.
History: 1971 c. 304
s. 29 (1)
, (2); 1973 c. 280
; 1973 c. 334
; 1975 c. 93
; 1977 c. 187
; 1979 c. 221
; 1983 a. 484
; 1985 a. 89
; 1989 a. 88
; 1993 a. 140
; 1995 a. 16
Petitioner who timely filed with county clerk rather than with board under (6) (a) is barred from ballot. State ex rel. Ahlgrimm v. State Elections Bd. 82 W (2d) 585, 263 NW (2d) 152.
Spring primary. 8.11(1)(a)(a)
A primary may be held in any city for the nomination of candidates for city office. When a majority of all the members of the governing body of a city decide upon a spring primary for any specific election, they shall so provide not later than 3 days after the deadline for filing nomination papers.
Any city may provide by charter ordinance, under s. 66.01
, that whenever 3 or more candidates file nomination papers for a city office, a primary to nominate candidates for the office shall be held.
Whenever electors, equal to at least 10% of the vote for governor in the city at the last general election, file a petition conforming to the requirements of s. 8.40
with the city clerk requesting a primary within 3 days after the deadline for filing nomination papers, there shall be a primary for any specific election.
When the number of candidates for any city office does not exceed twice the number to be elected to the office, no primary may be held for the office and the candidates' names shall appear on the ballot for the ensuing election.
(2) Milwaukee county.
A primary shall be held in counties having a population of 500,000 or more whenever there are more than twice the number of candidates to be elected to any judicial office within the county or to the county board of supervisors from any one district.
(2m) First class city school board.
A primary shall be held in 1st class cities whenever there are more than 2 candidates for member of the board of school directors at-large or from any election district in any year.
A primary shall be held if more than 2 candidates file nomination papers for the office of state superintendent, for justice, for court of appeals judge in the same district or for judge of the same branch of circuit court.
(4) Primary exclusive.
Those offices for which a primary has been held shall have only the names of candidates nominated at the primary appear on the official spring election ballot.
(5) County supervisors.
A primary shall be held in an election for county board supervisor whenever 3 or more candidates file nomination papers.
Presidential preference vote. 8.12(1)
Selection of names for ballot. 8.12(1)(a)(a)
No later than 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday in January, or the next day if Tuesday is a holiday, in each year in which electors for president and vice president are to be elected, the state chairperson of each recognized political party listed on the official ballot at the last gubernatorial election whose candidate for governor received at least 10% of the total votes cast for that office may certify to the board that the party will participate in the presidential preference primary. For each party filing such a certification, the voters of this state shall at the spring election be given an opportunity to express their preference for the person to be the presidential candidate of that party.
On the last Tuesday in January in each year in which electors for president and vice president are to be elected, there shall be convened in the capitol a committee consisting of, for each party filing a certification under this subsection, the state chairperson of that state party organization or the chairperson's designee, one national committeeman and one national committeewoman designated by the state chairperson; the speaker and the minority leader of the assembly or their designees, and the president and the minority leader of the senate or their designees. All designations shall be made in writing to the board. This committee shall organize by selecting an additional member who shall be the chairperson and shall determine, and certify to the board no later than on the Friday following the last Tuesday in January, the names of all candidates of the political parties represented on the committee for the office of president of the United States. The committee shall place the names of all candidates whose candidacy is generally advocated or recognized in the national news media throughout the United States on the ballot, and may, in addition, place the names of other candidates on the ballot. The committee shall have sole discretion to determine that a candidacy is generally advocated or recognized in the national news media throughout the United States.
No later than 5 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday in February of each presidential election year, any person seeking the nomination by the national convention of a political party filing a certification under this subsection for the office of president of the United States, or any committee organized in this state on behalf of and with the consent of such person, may submit to the board a petition to have the person's name appear on the presidential preference ballot. The petition may be circulated no sooner than the last Tuesday in January of such year and shall be signed by a number of qualified electors equal in each congressional district to not less than 1,000 signatures nor more than 1,500 signatures. The form of the petition shall conform to the requirements of s. 8.40
. All signers on each separate petition paper shall reside in the same congressional district.
The board shall forthwith contact each person whose name has been placed in nomination under par. (b)
and notify him or her that his or her name will appear on the Wisconsin presidential preference ballot unless he or she files, no later than 5 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday in February of such year, with the board, a disclaimer stating without qualification that he or she is not and does not intend to become a candidate for the office of president of the United States at the forthcoming presidential election. The disclaimer may be filed with the board by certified mail, telegram or in person.
The form of the official ballots shall be prescribed by the board under s. 5.60 (8)
(3) Reporting of results.
No later than May 15 following the presidential preference vote, the board shall notify each state party organization chairperson under sub. (1) (b)
of the results of the presidential preference vote cast within the state and within each congressional district.
See note to art. I, sec. 1, citing Democratic Party of U.S. v. Wisconsin, 450 US 107 (1981).
Accessibility of presidential caucuses.
Any political party which holds a caucus open to the public for the purpose of selecting delegates to the national presidential nominating convention of the party shall hold the caucus in a place which is accessible to persons in wheelchairs.
History: 1985 a. 304
Commission city primary.
At the first primary after adoption of the commission form of government the 2 candidates for mayor and the 4 candidates for council members receiving the highest number of votes shall be nominated. At subsequent primaries the 2 candidates receiving the most votes for either office shall be nominated. Only the names of the nominees shall appear on the spring election ballot.
History: 1985 a. 135
s. 83 (2)
Nominations for September primary. 8.15(1)
Nomination papers may be circulated no sooner than June 1 preceding the general election and may be filed no later than 5 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of July preceding the September primary, except as authorized in this subsection. If an incumbent fails to file nomination papers and a declaration of candidacy by 5 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of July preceding the September primary, all candidates for the office held by the incumbent, other than the incumbent, may file nomination papers no later than 72 hours after the latest time prescribed in this subsection. No extension of the time for filing nomination papers applies if the incumbent files written notification with the filing officer or agency with whom nomination papers are filed for the office which the incumbent holds, no later than 5 p.m. on the 2nd Friday preceding the latest time prescribed in this subsection for filing nomination papers, that the incumbent is not a candidate for reelection to his or her office, and the incumbent does not file nomination papers for that office within the time prescribed in this subsection. Only those candidates for whom nomination papers containing the necessary signatures acquired within the allotted time and filed before the deadline may have their names appear on the official September primary ballot.
Only one signature per person for the same office is valid. In addition to his or her signature, each signer of a nomination paper shall list his or her municipality of residence for voting purposes, the street and number, if any, on which the signer resides, and the date of signing.
All signers on each separate nomination paper for all state offices, county offices, and the offices of U.S. senator and representative in congress shall reside in the jurisdiction or district which the candidate named on the paper will represent, if elected.
The affidavit of a qualified elector stating his or her residence with street and number, if any, shall appear at the bottom of each nomination paper, stating he or she personally circulated the nomination paper and personally obtained each of the signatures; he or she knows they are electors of the ward, aldermanic district, municipality or county, as the nomination papers require; he or she knows they signed the paper with full knowledge of its content; he or she knows their respective residences given; he or she knows each signer signed on the date stated opposite his or her name; and, that he or she, the affiant, resides within the district which the candidate named therein will represent, if elected; that he or she intends to support the candidate; and that he or she is aware that falsifying the affidavit is punishable under ss. 12.13 (3) (a)
and 946.32 (1) (a)
, Wis. stats. The affidavit may be made by the candidate or any qualified elector. The nomination papers are valid with or without the seal of the officer who administers the oath.
Nomination papers shall be accompanied by a declaration of candidacy under s. 8.21
. If a candidate for state or local office has not filed a registration statement under s. 11.05
at the time he or she files nomination papers, the candidate shall file the statement with the papers. A candidate for state office shall also file a statement of economic interests with the ethics board under s. 19.43 (4)
no later than 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd day following the last day for filing nomination papers under sub. (1)
, or no later than 4:30 p.m. on the next business day after the last day whenever that candidate is granted an extension of time for filing nomination papers under sub. (1)
Each nomination paper shall have substantially the following words printed at the top:
I, the undersigned, request that the name of (insert candidate's last name plus first name, nickname or initial, and middle name, former legal surname, nickname or middle initial or initials if desired, but no other abbreviations or titles) residing at (insert candidate's street address) be placed on the ballot at the (general or special) election to be held on (date of election) as a candidate representing the (name of party) so that voters will have the opportunity to vote for (him or her) for the office of (name of office). I am eligible to vote in (name of jurisdiction or district in which candidate seeks office). I have not signed the nomination paper of any other candidate for the same office at this election.
Each candidate shall include his or her mailing address on the candidate's nomination papers.
The number of required signatures on nomination papers shall be as follows:
For statewide offices, not less than 2,000 nor more than 4,000 electors.
For representatives in congress, not less than 1,000 nor more than 2,000 electors.
For state senators, not less than 400 nor more than 800 electors.
For representatives to the assembly, not less than 200 nor more than 400 electors.
For district attorneys, not less than 500 nor more than 1,000 electors in prosecutorial units over 100,000 population and not less than 200 nor more than 400 electors in prosecutorial units of 100,000 population or less.
For county offices, not less than 500 nor more than 1,000 electors in counties over 100,000 population and not less than 200 nor more than 400 electors in counties of 100,000 population or less.
A candidate may not run in more than one party primary at the same time. No filing official may accept nomination papers for the same person in the same election for more than one party. An independent candidate at a partisan primary or other election may not file nomination papers as the candidate of a recognized political party for the same office at the same election. A person who files nomination papers as the candidate of a recognized political party may not file nomination papers as an independent candidate for the same office at the same election.
Nomination papers shall be filed:
For state offices and the offices of U.S. senator and representative in congress, in the office of the board.
For county offices, in the office of the county clerk or board of election commissioners.
Upon filing of nomination papers by any candidate for representative in congress, state senator or representative to the assembly under this section or upon appointment or nomination of such a candidate by write-in vote, the board shall provide to the candidate a copy of the map or maps, received under s. 16.96 (3) (b)
, required to show the boundaries of the district which the candidate seeks to represent.
Ban on multiple party nominations under (7) does not burden the associational rights of political parties and is justified by compelling state interests. Swamp v. Kennedy, 950 F (2d) 383 (1991).
Candidate for election to Congress need not be a resident of the district at the time he files his nomination papers and executes the declaration of intent to accept the office if elected. A candidate for Congress must be an inhabitant of the state at the time of election. 61 Atty. Gen. 155.
Partisan nominations. 8.16(1)
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, the person who receives the greatest number of votes for an office on a party ballot at any partisan primary, regardless of whether the person's name appears on the ballot, shall be the party's candidate for the office, and the person's name shall so appear on the official ballot at the next election. All independent candidates shall appear on the general election ballot regardless of the number of votes received by such candidates at the September primary.
A person who receives only write-in votes shall not appear on the ballot as the candidate of a recognized political party for an office whenever no candidate's name appears on the ballot for that office unless the person receives at least 5% of the vote cast in the jurisdiction or district for the party's gubernatorial candidate at the last general election or the number of votes equivalent to the minimum number of signatures required on nomination papers for that office under s. 8.15 (6)
, whichever is greater, and unless:
The person files a declaration of candidacy under s. 8.21
no later than 5 p.m. on the 3rd day after notification of nomination is mailed or personally delivered to the person by the filing officer or agency for the office sought;
If the person is a candidate for state office, the person files a statement of economic interests under s. 19.43 (4)
, no later than 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd day after notification of nomination is mailed or personally delivered to the person by the board; and
If the person is a candidate for state or local office, the person files a registration statement under s. 11.05
Independent candidates may not be nominated by write-in votes but shall file nomination papers under s. 8.20
Where the boundaries of a district in which the candidate of a political party seeks office have been changed since the most recent gubernatorial election such that it is not possible to calculate the exact percentage of write-in votes, under sub. (2)
, which are needed by that candidate to become the nominee of the party, the number of votes cast for a political party's nominee for governor at the last general election in each ward or aldermanic district, or each municipality where there are no wards, which is wholly contained within the boundaries of the newly formed district shall be calculated. If a candidate of a political party in a newly formed district does not obtain 5% of the number of votes calculated or the number of votes equivalent to the minimum number of signatures required under s. 8.15 (6)
, whichever is greater, the candidate shall not appear on the ballot as the candidate of that party for the office sought.
A recognized political party which participated in the most recent gubernatorial election but loses its ballot position and subsequently regains such position under s. 5.62 (2)
does not cease to be a political party for purposes of qualification under subs. (2)
Any candidate for a partisan state office except district attorney may also qualify for payments under s. 11.50
if the candidate meets the requirements specified in s. 11.50
; however, a candidate who qualifies under this section for placement on the official ballot at the general election shall appear on such ballot regardless of whether he or she qualifies for payments under s. 11.50
The persons who receive the greatest number of votes respectively for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor on any party ballot at a primary shall be the party's joint candidates for the offices, and their names shall so appear on the official ballot at the next election.
Nominees chosen at a national convention and under s. 8.18 (2)
by each party entitled to a September primary ballot shall be the party's candidates for president, vice president and presidential electors. The state or national chairperson of each such party shall certify the names of the party's nominees for president and vice president to the board no later than 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday in September preceding a presidential election. Each name shall be in one of the formats authorized in s. 7.08 (2) (a)
The vote percentage requirement set forth in (2) applies to special partisan primary elections. 61 Atty. Gen. 172.
Five per cent requirement of (2) did not violate equal protection nor did it burden rights to associate and cast votes effectively. Blair v. Hebl, 498 F Supp. 756 (1980).
Political party committees. 8.17(1)(a)(a)
Political parties qualifying for a separate ballot under s. 5.62 (1) (b)
shall elect their party committeemen and committeewomen at the September primary. The function of committeemen and committeewomen is to represent their neighborhoods in the structure of a political party. Committeemen and committeewomen shall act as liaison representatives between their parties and the residents of the election districts in which they serve. Activities of committeemen and committeewomen shall include, but not be limited to, voter identification; assistance in voter registration drives; increasing voter participation in political parties; polling and other methods of passing information from residents to political parties and elected public officials; and dissemination of information from public officials to residents. For assistance in those and other activities of interest to a political party, each committeeman and committeewoman may appoint a captain to engage in these activities in each ward, if the election district served by the committeeman or committeewoman includes more than one ward. In an election district which includes more than one ward, the committeeman or committeewoman shall coordinate the activities of the ward captains in promoting the interests of his or her party.
Each political party shall elect one committeeman or committeewoman from each election district. In this section, each village, each town and each city is an "election district"; except that in cities having a population of more than 7,500 which are divided into aldermanic districts, each aldermanic district is an "election district"; and in cities having a population of more than 7,500 which are not divided into aldermanic districts and villages or towns having a population of more than 7,500, each ward or group of combined wards under s. 5.15 (6) (b)
constituting a polling place on June 1 of the year in which committeemen or committeewomen are elected is an "election district". To be eligible to serve as its committeeman or committeewoman, an individual shall be, at the time of filing nomination papers or at the time of appointment under this section, a resident of the election district which he or she is chosen to represent and shall be at least 18 years of age.
Nomination papers shall be in substantially the same form as those required for candidates for the assembly. The papers shall include a statement signed by the candidate declaring the candidate's candidacy and that the candidate meets the eligibility requirements of sub. (1)
. Nomination papers may be circulated no sooner than June 1 preceding the election and may be filed in the office of the county clerk or board of election commissioners no later than 5 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of July in those years when a September primary is held. The signatures of not less than 20 nor more than 40 electors are required.
Only individuals filing nomination papers may have their names appear on the ballot. There shall be no space provided for write-in candidates. When no candidate files nomination papers for party committeeman or committeewoman, the office may not appear on the ballot for that party in that election district and the vacancy shall be filled by the county committee under sub. (5) (g)
The county clerk or board of election commissioners shall arrange the names of candidates for committeemen or committeewomen in the proper party column under s. 5.62
for each election district.
Each elector may vote for party committeeman or committeewoman by voting for one of the names on the ballot.
The results shall be returned as are other results of the September primary, but no write-in votes or stickers may be counted. Whenever 2 or more candidates for party committeeman or committeewoman receive an equal number of votes, the county board of canvassers shall certify as the winner the one of them who was the first to file proper nomination papers.
The term of office of each elected or appointed committeeman or committeewoman shall end on the date of the meeting held under sub. (5) (b)
following each September primary.
The county committee of each political party shall consist of the duly elected committeemen and committeewomen and appointed committeemen and committeewomen residing in the county.
A combined meeting of the county committee and members in good standing of the party in the county shall be held no sooner than 15 days after the September primary and no later than April 1 of the following year. At this meeting, the county committee offices of chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary and treasurer shall be filled by election by the committeemen, committeewomen and party members present and voting, each of whom is entitled to one vote. At this meeting, the county committee shall elect the members of the congressional district committee as provided in sub. (6) (b)
. The secretary of the county committee shall give at least 7 days' written notice of the meeting to party and committee members. Individuals elected as county committee officers or as congressional district committee members may be, but are not required to be, committeemen or committeewomen. They are required to be party members in good standing. Their terms begin during the meeting immediately upon completion and verification of the voting for each office.