What to know about Wisconsin Supreme Court primary

Published: Feb. 18, 2018 at 9:19 AM CST
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On Tuesday, a state-wide race on the ballot will narrow the field for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat during the primary elections.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court primary puts two candidates with liberal backing against a judge supported by the state Republican Party. Even though the race is officially nonpartisan, Republicans are lining up behind Michael Screnock while Democrats favor either Tim Burns or Rebecca Dallet.

Here are the Supreme Court Justice candidates for the primary election:
Judge Rebecca Dallet

is a Milwaukee County Circuit Judge who says her experience presiding the state’s judicial system sets her apart from the other candidates. “I think I'm uniquely qualified compared to my opponents. I'm the only one that is day-to-day doing this job, hearing over 10,000 cases, 300 jury trials, and really doing the day-to-day work on behalf of the people of our state," said Judge Rebecca Dallet. She has criticized President Donald Trump in her appeal to voters.

Judge Michael Screnock

is a Circuit Court Judge in Sauk County backed by anti-abortion groups and the NRA. He argues he will be impartial and uphold the rule of law. “The most important thing I believe is that we have Justices on our Supreme Court, who believe and understand that their role is to interpret and apply the law. But not to rewrite the law, and not to legislate from the bench," said Judge Michael Screnock.

Tim Burns

is a Madison attorney and identifying as a Democrat. He has taken the unusual approach of embracing numerous liberal issues, including opposing photo IDs for voting. “In determining what the law is, they bring their political values to bare. And that's inevitable," said Tim Burns.

The candidate with the least amount of votes will be eliminated, leaving the other two candidates to advance to the general election on April 3rd.

The candidates on your ballot will vary depending on where you are voting. To see who will be on your ballot,

Polling hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. To find your assigned polling place,

To register to vote,

To view the Election Day voting guide,