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Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962

Wisconsin elections,   pp. [747]-876 PDF (33.6 MB)

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office in the partisan primaries; possibly there might also be a
few "independent" candidates. "Write-in" votes can be
cast for
persons whose names do not appear on the ballot.
  In each presidential election year, the nominees for state and
legislative offices at the primary and the holdover state Senators
of each political party hold a convention to select 12 presidential
electors for President and Vice-President. Though the names of
the electors no longer appear on the presidential ballots, every
vote cast for the candidates of President and Vice-President of
each party is a vote for each of their electors. The electors of the
presidential slate receiving the greatest number of votes are mem-
bers of the "electoral college" who meet subsequent to the election
to officially cast the vote for President and Vice-President in Wis-
  At each general election, the constitutional offices of Governor,
Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and At-
torney General are filled from the state at large. United States
Senators are chosen at the same election. A Representative in
Congress is elected from each of the 10 Congressional Districts and
an Assemblyman from each of the 100 Assembly Districts. The 33
state Senators are elected for 4 years; so one-half are elected at
each general election from the odd-numbered or even-numbered
Senatorial Districts. A clerk, treasurer, sheriff, coroner, clerk of
circuit court, district attorney, register of deeds, and surveyor are
also elected biennially from each of the 72 counties in the state.
   The only other partisan officers chosen are party precinct com-
mitteemen who are elected at September primaries in even-num-
bered years. Party precinct committeemen serve on statutory party
committees to fill vacancies in nomination and may also recommend
names of electors to be appointed election officials by the govern-
ing body of each town, village, and city.
   Vacancies in the offices of Representatives in Congress, State
Senators, and Assemblymen may be filled by special election only.
Vacancies in the office of U.S. Senator are filled by appointment
until the next or subsequent general election. Vacancies in state
constitutional offices and county offices are filled by appointment
except that the Lieutenant Governor constitutionally succeeds the
Governor in case of a vacancy in the office of Governor. Appoint-
ments to fill vacancies on the state level and for most county of-
fices are made by the Governor.
   Presidential Delegate Election. In each presidential election
year, the political parties select a designated number of delegates
to attend their national party conventions for the purpose of nom-
inating candidates for President and Vice-President. The number
of delegates and convention votes allocated to each state is not
determined by state law, but by the National Committee of each
party. The allocation of delegates among elections at large and

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