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On Feb. 20, Wisconsin held a non-partisan primary election. “Non-partisan” means that a candidate is not affiliated with a political party. Examples of non-partisan positions are: county supervisor, mayor, Supreme Court justice, village trustee.

Although they do not make laws, some non-partisan position duties do include creating ordinances or regulations. Their primary responsibility is to administer existing laws in an unbiased, impartial, objective manner. (A candidate for non-partisan office who shows bias for or against a political party violates that standard.)

In a non-partisan election: vote for the person, not the party. Wisconsin’s non-partisan election will be Tuesday, April 3.

Candidates in a partisan election are strong supporters of a party, cause, or person. Political parties support candidates whose positions are most like theirs. In return, candidates are expected to vote in support of the parties’ positions. Examples of political parties are: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Freedom.

Partisan offices sought include senator, governor, president, and representative. The primary responsibility of those elected to a legislature or congress is to make laws.

Wisconsin’s partisan primary will be on Tuesday, Aug. 14: that election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Voting is by party.

An excellent resource for information about the current Supreme Court is the Wisconsin Blue Book, available in public libraries. It also includes maps of partisan congressional, state senate and state assembly districts, photos and descriptors of elected officials, and more.

Educated, informed voters are our best defense against foreign influence in our elections. Please do your part.

Gwen Wortock

Wind Point

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