[Editor’s Note: The original article was published Oct. 9. On Dec. 14, it is expected that the Democratic electors will meet at the state Capitol to formally elect Joe Biden not far from the state Supreme Court chambers where President Donald Trump’s last-ditch appeal is being considered.]
Democrats, Republicans, and the Constitution Party met Tuesday [Oct. 9] in Madison to officially pick their electors for the presidential election.
Wisconsin will send 10 electors—one for each of the state’s Congressional members—to cast votes in the Electoral College following the election. Under state law, each party with a presidential candidate on the ballot selects its electors, and the electors for whichever party wins the state in the general election go to the Electoral College.
The Republican candidate is President Donald Trump, the Democratic candidate is former Vice President Joe Biden, and the Constitution Party candidate is Don Blankenship, a former CEO of coal company Massey Energy who was convicted of conspiring to willfully violate safety standards after 29 Massey employees died in a mine explosion in 2010.
Before Democrats picked their electors, Ben Wikler, chairman of the state Democratic Party, addressed concerns about a recent report in The Atlantic magazine that detailed how Trump’s campaign is working on contingency plans to bypass the election results. One of those plans would have been to have lawmakers in Republican-controlled state legislatures send Trump loyalists to the Electoral College, rather than electors who would vote for the popular vote winner.
In Wisconsin, however, state law would prohibit Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) from carrying out such a plan. Wikler channeled that fact to others in attendance, saying Democrats need not be concerned.
“It would require changing state law to subvert the electoral process,” Wikler said. “And there’s no way Gov. Evers would sign a law that lets Republicans subvert the election.”
These are the Democratic electors:
These are the Republican electors:
These are the Constitution Party electors:
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