DATE: October 21, 2019
SUBJECT: Type A Notice of 2020 Spring Election/Presidential Preference Vote and Other Information
Type A Notice of 2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote
The Type A Notice of the Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote to be held on April 7, 2020 is attached. At the spring election, Wisconsin will conduct a Presidential Preference Vote, which is a partisan primary at which Wisconsin voters express their preference for a Presidential nominee for the Democratic and Republican Parties.
Candidate names for the Presidential Preference Vote ballot will be certified no sooner than January 28, 2020. This is the deadline for a person whose name was not selected by the Presidential Preference Selection Committee to petition the WEC for placement on the ballot. It is also the deadline for a candidate whose name was selected to file a disclaimer, thereby withdrawing their name from the ballot.
In addition to Notification of the Presidential Preference Vote, the Type A Notice contains all judicial offices to be elected throughout the state. Please select the judicial offices that are up for election in your county, and add any county offices, county referenda and multi-jurisdictional municipal judge offices. The Type A Notice of the 2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote must be published by all county clerks on November 26, 2010. Whenever a weekly newspaper is used for publication, the notice must appear in the newspaper's closest preceding issue.
Please send a copy of the Type A Notice to each municipal clerk or direct them to this communication. Municipal clerks are required to publish a Type A notice of municipal offices on the same date, November 26, 2019.
Note: If a Circuit Court Judge resigns on or before December 1, 2019, that office will be up for election at the 2020 Spring Election. If a vacancy occurs during this period, the affected county clerks will be notified and provided with an amended Type A Notice. Milwaukee County: Circuit Court Branch 2 is currently vacant. If an appointment is made to fill the position, an amended Notice containing the appointee’s name will be sent to you.
Explanation of County Executive/Supervisor Term Expiration Dates
The statutes do not state when these terms officially end. They simply state when the term begins. The Type A Notice uses the day before the new term commences as the current term end date. If, due to your county's procedures, you are more comfortable with the expiration date of the term being the same as the date the new term begins, you may use that date.
The expiration date of the term for the office of County Executive is April 20, 2020. County Executives take office on the third Tuesday in April, which is April 21, 2020.
For Milwaukee County, the expiration date of the term for the office of County Executive is May 3, 2020. County Executive in Milwaukee County takes office on the 1st Monday in May, which is May 4, 2020.
The expiration date of the term for the office of County Supervisor is April 20, 2020. County Supervisors take office on the third Tuesday in April, which is April 21, 2020.
For Milwaukee County, the expiration date of the term for the office of County Supervisor is April 19, 2020. County Supervisors in Milwaukee County take office on the 3rd Monday in April, which is April 20, 2020.
Offices to be Elected at the 2020 Spring Election
Justice of the Supreme Court – This office appears on all judicial ballots.
Court of Appeals, District 1 - This office appears on the judicial ballot in the county of Milwaukee.
Court of Appeals Judge, District 2 - This office appears on the judicial ballot in the counties of Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kenosha, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago.
Court of Appeals Judge, District 4 - This office appears on the judicial ballot 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.
Circuit Court Judge - This office appears on the judicial ballot in the counties of Barron, Brown, Chippewa, Dane, Dodge, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Iron, Juneau, Kenosha, Marathon, Marinette, Menomonee, Milwaukee, Oneida, Outagamie, St. Croix, Shawano, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca and Wood.
State Referendum Question – There will be a constitutional amendment question on the ballot for the April 7, 2020 Spring Election.
Deadline for Notification of Noncandidacy (EL-163) - The deadline for filing the notification of noncandidacy for the 2020 Spring Election is Friday, December 27, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. December 27th is not recognized as a state holiday. Therefore, even if your office is closed on the 27th, county, municipal and school district clerks, or their designees, must be available to receive Notifications of Noncandidacy until 5:00 p.m. on December 27th. The WEC recommends that filing officers reach out to all incumbent office holders early to hopefully avoid an extension of the filing deadline.
Spring Primary and Spring Election Ballots – Ballots have been posted to the agency website under “Forms.”
Municipal Clerk Reminders – Please see the “Municipal Clerk Reminders” document that is attached. It contains valuable planning information for the Spring Election.
If you have questions or comments regarding this memorandum, please contact the Help Desk at (608) 261-2028 or [email protected].