Going door to door to gather signatures for nomination papers may be a thing of the past, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the new world of pandemic-influenced voting and elections, today, April 15,  is an important and not surprisingly confusing day: it is the day candidates for the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate can begin gathering signatures for their nomination papers.

Every member of the Assembly (all 99 of them) and half of the Senate needs to have the required number of signatures submitted and approved by the Wisconsin Election Commission by June 1 if they want to be on the ballot.

Candidates for the Assembly must obtain a minimum of 200 and a maximum of 400 signatures. Candidates for the Senate must have a minimum of 400 and a maximum of 800 signatures. 

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3, and if needed a primary election will be held Aug. 11.

But, wait, how do they do that if they can’t rely on the normal process, which involves going door to door asking for signatures? Check out this article from the Wisconsin Examiner to learn about the options being considered.

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