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2020 Milwaukee mayoral election

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2020 Milwaukee mayoral election
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← 2016 February 18, 2020 (primary)
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Turnout30.99%
 
Tom Barrett (politician) (1).jpg
Senator Taylor (1).JPG
Candidate Tom Barrett Lena Taylor
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 57,492 33,572
Percentage 62.55% 36.87%

Mayor before election

Tom Barrett
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Tom Barrett
Democratic

The 2020 Milwaukee mayoral election was held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020,[1] to elect the mayor for Milwaukee.

Municipal elections in Wisconsin are non-partisan. The non-partisan primary was held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, to narrow the field of candidates to two.[1]

Incumbent mayor Tom Barrett won reelection against state senator Lena Taylor in the general election.[2]

Primary election

Candidates

On ballot

Write-in candidates
  • David D. King,[15] candidate for District 9 Milwaukee city councilor in 2016 [16]
  • Ramone Williams[15]

Withdrawn or rejected

  • Daniel Crowley[3][17][18]
  • Theresa Garner[3][17]
  • David D. King,[3][17] candidate for District 9 Milwaukee city councilor in 2016[16] subsequently ran as write-in
  • Tremell Noble,[3][17] applicant to fill the Milwaukee County Sheriff vacancy in 2017[19]
  • Ramone Williams[3][17][20] subsequently ran as write-in

Declined

Endorsements

Tom Barrett
Newspapers
Organizations
Tony Zielinski
Individuals
  • Alexander Ayala, former president of the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers’ Association[26][27]
  • Dale Boremann Jr., president of the Milwaukee Police Association[26]
  • Danilo Cardenas, president of the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization[26]
  • Jerome Smith, pastor[26]
  • Ray Vahey, community activist[26]
  • Steve Williams, co-founder and publisher of the Blue Book Milwaukee[26]
Organizations

Polls

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tom
Barrett
Paul
Rasky
Lena
Taylor
Tony
Zielinski
Other Undecided
Remington Research Group[29] November 2019 41% 22% 22% 15%
Hypothetical polling
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tom
Barrett
Ashanti
Hamilton
Tony
Zielinski
Undecided
Remington Research Group[30] December 3–4, 2018 889 ± 3.3% 42% 19% 23% 16%

Results

2020 Milwaukee mayoral primary[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Tom Barrett (incumbent) 33,151 50.01%
Nonpartisan Lena Taylor 20,347 30.69%
Nonpartisan T. Anthony Zielinski 10,385 15.67%
Nonpartisan Paul Rasky 1,902 2.87%
Write-in David D. King 225 0.34%
Write-in Ramone Williams 10 0.02%
Write-in Others 274 0.41%
Total votes 66,294 100%

General election

A general election was held April 7 between Tom Barrett and Lena Taylor.[31]

Barret's campaign was largely focused on his track record.[32] Taylor challenged his track record, arguing that people of color had not sufficiently benefited from during tenure.[33]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

On March 23, citing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Mayor Barrett sent a letter to Governor Tony Evers, State Senate Majority Leader Scott L. Fitzgerald and Speaker of the State House Robin Vos, requesting that the April 7 elections (including the mayoral election, as well as Wisconsin's presidential primaries and others races) be conducted using mail-in ballots only.[34]

City officials urged voters not to vote in person and to instead vote by mail with absentee ballots.[35] On March 31, Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Neil Albrecht announced that rather than the usual 180 voting sites, the election will instead have only between ten and twelve in-person voting sites.[35][36] This was due to a severe lack of poll workers.[37] By April 3, the number of in-person polling places was further reduced to only five.[38] Ultimately, 96,712 absentee ballots were requested, and 77,729 were returned (it is not yet reported how many are valid).[39]

On April 1, Judge William M. Conley ruled that, due to the circumstances of the elections, absentee ballots would be allowed to be returned until April 13, despite the elections taking place on April 7.[40] Days after, the Republican National Committee urged the Supreme Court of the United States to block this ruling.[41] He also removed the requirement for ballots to have witness signatures, citing difficulties with regards to individuals living alone during the stay-at-home order being unable to find a witness.[42] The Supreme Court of the United States, on April 6, overturned Conley's ruling, meaning that all absentee ballots must be turned in by the election day, and ballots without witness signatures would be invalidated.[42][43] However, the Supreme Court of the United States did not overturn Conley's ruling that results would not be reported until April 13.[44]

Governor Evers, in early April, urged the state legislature to postpone the April 7 elections in Wisconsin. However, the legislature did not take the action to do this.[41] Despite admitting that he would violate the law by doing so,[45] on April 6, Evers issued an executive order which, if enforced, would have postponed the April 7 elections until the tentative date of June 7.[46] Republican leaders immediately announced that they would challenge the order in the Wisconsin Supreme Court.[46] The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Evers did not have the authority to postpone the elections, thus meaning that Evers' executive order was nullified, and that the elections would be held as scheduled on April 7.[47]

On April 4, Lena Taylor filed a lawsuit attempting to get the mayoral election moved to September 8.[48]

By the time the Election Day voting concluded, Milwaukee Election Commissioner Neil Albrecht stated that despite some of the problems, the in-person voting ran smoothly.[49]

Candidates

Endorsements

Tom Barrett
Officeholders
Individuals
Newspapers
Organizations

Polls

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tom
Barrett
Lena
Taylor
Undecided
Remington Research Group[29] November 2019 51% 27% 22%
Hypothetical polling
Hamilton vs. Zielinski
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Ashanti
Hamilton
Tony
Zielinski
Undecided
Remington Research Group[30] December 3–4, 2018 889 ± 3.3% 39% 34% 27%

Results

77,729 mail-in ballots were returned, and 18,803 in-person votes were cast in the city of Milwaukee.[39][53][54]

2020 Milwaukee mayoral general election[55]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Tom Barrett (incumbent) 57,492 62.55%
Nonpartisan Lena Taylor 33,572 36.52%
Write-in 852 0.93%
Total votes 91,916 100%

See also

References

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External links

Official campaign websites
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