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Elections chief Meagan Wolfe gets extra security while Donald Trump foments false accusations

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Barry Burden, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Elections Research Center director, said the main source of distrust in elections are messages from political leaders to their followers indicating they should be distrustful. “As the most important voice in one of the major parties, … Continue reading

Political divides, declining population are causing fewer people to run in rural local elections

Appleton Post-Crescent

Reasons for the lack of candidates include the time commitment matched with lack of monetary compensation as well as declining participation in local government, according to Barry Burden, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “The positions often … Continue reading

Rep. Fitzgerald says Congress shouldn’t play role in certifying elections despite his 2020 objections

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fitzgerald’s remarks misconstrue that process, according to former University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor David Canon, whose research focused in part on election administration. “He has it exactly backwards,” Canon said. “They don’t vote individually to certify the results in … Continue reading

Senate voting today to fire elections chief, setting the stage for a legal fight heading into the 2024 elections

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“The effort to remove Wolfe appears to be almost entirely partisan and not based on facts about her actions or authority,” said Barry Burden, a political science professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Elections Research Center. “Trump supporters … Continue reading