New Election Rules Approved

( – Leveling the playing field to give Republicans a fair chance in this battleground state, Wisconsin’s electorate has given the nod to two GOP-endorsed proposals to alter the state’s election processes before the November showdown.

According to The Associated Press (AP), voters mulled over a proposal to stop private election funding and another to specify who can manage election tasks. Both propositions received 52% and 55.5% backing, respectively, as forecasted by AP.

The first question tackled the so-called “Zuckerbucks” — named after Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who funneled staggering amounts of money into election offices nationwide in 2020 via the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), a progressive nonprofit, used around $350 million from this initiative to support election management amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NBC News highlighted that CTCL allocated $10 million to Wisconsin’s election initiatives last cycle, a critical time when Joe Biden narrowly outpaced former President Donald Trump by a slim margin. Trump had previously clinched victory in the state against Hillary Clinton in 2016 by a similar thin margin.

Conservative critics have voiced concerns that “Zuckerbucks” excessively elevated Democratic participation in 2020 by channeling funds mainly to Democrat-leaning urban regions.

Following the 2020 elections, 27 states have either banned or limited such private contributions in electoral processes, as noted by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The second question sought to restrict election-related activities solely to individuals recognized as “election officials designated by law.”

Republican figures in Wisconsin, including Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Bryan Steil, advocated for both measures. In contrast, the measures faced opposition from the Wisconsin Democratic Party, as reported by NBC News.

Democratic Governor Tony Evers had earlier vetoed GOP-driven bills that proposed similar changes, leading Republican legislators to present these initiatives to Wisconsin’s voters instead, NBC News explains.

Come November, Wisconsin is set for two significant electoral contests—a rematch between Trump and Biden and a Senate race that could potentially decide which party controls the Senate.

A March 21 Emerson College poll showed Trump ahead by four points in Wisconsin, while Republican Eric Hovde trails Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin by three points in the Senate race.

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