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Wisconsin voters approve amendments limiting how elections are run, paid for – NBC Chicago

The Associated Press was able to determine that Wisconsin voters approved two constitutional amendments limiting how state elections are run and financed after the state’s Republican-backed measures outperformed the former President Donald Trump in 2020, even in largely Democratic-leaning areas of Wisconsin. the state.

The AP determined that Question 2, which limits who can serve as election officials, passed at 9:41 p.m. ET, when votes to approve the measure led with 56% of the vote. Opposition to the measure accounted for about 44 percent of the vote when the race was called.

The AP said at 9:45 p.m. ET that a separate measure, Question 1, which prohibits the use of private donations and grants to run national elections, also passed. Support for the measure stood at about 52% of the vote when the race was called, compared to about 48% for the opposition.

The outcome of two measures was determined based on the initial voting results of 22 of the state’s 72 counties for Question 2 and 29 counties for Question 1.

The results generally followed the overall partisan divide in other statewide elections, with voters in traditionally Republican areas largely supporting the amendments while those in Democratic areas were largely opposed.

Republicans in the state legislature supported both measures, while Democrats opposed them. Among areas that had reported votes when the election was called, the “Yes” vote for both measures led in nearly every county won by former President Donald Trump in 2020, as well as in several counties won by President Joe Biden.

For Question 2, the “Yes” vote outperformed Trump’s 2020 vote in every county, while the “Yes” vote for Question 1 was ahead of Trump’s 2020 vote in 23 of the 29 counties with communicated their results at the time of the appeal.

As expected, the “yes” vote for both measures was ahead in top Trump counties and the “no” vote was ahead in top Biden counties. But supporters of these measures have made significant progress in Democratic-friendly areas.

By the time the election was called, supporters of both measures were leading in counties Biden won in 2020 with between 50% and 60% of the vote. Question 2, which was ahead by a larger margin statewide, was also ahead in counties where Biden won between 60% and 70% of the vote.

For the measures to be defeated, “no” votes would have had to follow a similar electoral path to Biden’s in 2020, when he racked up huge margins in the two most populous counties, Milwaukee and Dane, as well than conquer more competitive swing zones.

However, by the time the race was called, Question 1 supporters were ahead in five of the seven Biden counties that had reported results. Opponents were ahead in Milwaukee and Dane, but were far behind Biden’s performance in 2020. Question 2 supporters were ahead in Milwaukee, preventing opponents from taking the lead.

NBC Chicago

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