Although the recall elections have accelerated the process and drawn the attention of election-watchers away from the general elections, the biennial fight for control of the Wisconsin legislature has quietly begun along with Congressional elections and the race for the White House.
This year, Wisconsin has moved its partisan primary election date up one month to August 14 to give military and overseas voters more time to cast their ballots. That change affected the time period for circulating nomination papers.
The deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers and declarations of candidacy is 5 p.m. Friday, June 1. By 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, all candidates for state office also must file a Statement of Economic Interests with the Government Accountability Board.