Veto power, races send voters to the polls TuesdayVoters head to the polls Tuesday to decide state, county and local races and a ballot question concerning the governor’s partial veto power.
By: Shelley Nelson, The Daily Telegram
Voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide state, county and local races and a ballot question concerning the governor’s partial veto power.
Statewide, they’ll be asked: “Question 1: ‘Partial veto.’ Shall section 10(1)(c) of article V of the constitution be amended to prohibit the governor, in exercising his or her partial veto authority, from creating a new sentence by combining parts of two or more sentences of the enrolled bill?”
A “yes” vote means you want the state constitution rewritten to strip governors of one method they have used to reshape budgets approved by legislators. It would limit the governor’s ability to string together unrelated words, numbers to create spending levels, taxes, and policies the Legislature never approved.
A “no” vote means you don’t want the constitution rewritten and the governor’s authority to veto legislation hampered.
In addition to the ballot question, voters statewide are being asked to select the next Supreme Court justice. Incumbent appointee Louis Butler is facing a challenge from Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Michael Gableman.
The Government Accountability Board is projecting about 20 percent voter turnout.
Locally, voters are being asked to select representatives to the Douglas County Board. Six members of the board are facing challenges from people in their district whose names will appear on the ballot. Two others are facing a challenge from write-in candidates who filed their intent to challenge incumbents during the last week. In the 6th District, voters have two write-in candidates from which to chose.
• Incumbent Robert “Bob” Browne and write-in challenger Joseph Stensland in the 2nd District.
• Incumbent Jeff Isackson; challenger Ed Gallagher in the 4th District.
• Write-in candidates Stephen Baker and Terry L. Hart in the 6th District. Previously, no one was running for the seat.
• Incumbent Karen Livingston; write-in challenger Jeremy Peterson in the 7th District.
• Incumbent Lew Martin and challenger Gil Davidson in the 8th District.
• Incumbent James “J.J.” O’Brien; and challenger Jim Paine in the 14th District.
• Incumbent Dean Miller and challenger Pat Ryan in the 19th District.
• Incumbent Carol Johnson and challenger Robert Edelstein in the 26th District.
• Incumbent George Graven and challenger Mary Lou Bergman in the 28th District.
In the village of Superior, voters have will be electing a new board member. Incumbent Jim Aiken, whose name appears on the ballot, has resigned his position on the board and won’t be accepting the post if elected. He was facing a challenge from Jim Podgorek for the seat. Podgorek now faces a challenge from write-in candidate John Wick.
In the city of Superior, where five council seats are up for grabs, voters have four contested races to consider. They include:
• Incumbent Tom Quick; challenger Dan Olson in the 1st District.
• Incumbent Kevin Norbie; challenger Warren Bender in the 3rd District.
• Incumbent Bob Finsland; write-in candidate Jeremy Peterson in the 7th District.
• Incumbent Dennis Dalbec; write-in candidate Mick MacKenzie in the 9th District.
School boards in Superior, Solon Springs and Maple all have seats up for grabs. In Superior and Solon Springs, incumbents are running unopposed.
In the Maple School District, four candidates are vying for three seats on the board. They include incumbents Tim Follis and Gail Saari, and challengers Brian Lind and Kim Pearson. The top three vote-getters will serve on the board.
Voters can register the day of election. Registrants must be 18 or older, a U.S. citizen, have proof of residence, and provide a Wisconsin-issued driver’s license, ID or the last four digits of their Social Security number.
For more information on where to vote, call your municipal clerk or go to http://vpa.wi.gov/ to find your polling location.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Contact Shelley Nelson at (715) 395-5022 or snelson@