In a February 20 primary and an April 3 general election, voters will go to the polls to select the next justice on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Across the country, state supreme court elections have grown high-cost and politicized, threatening courts’ integrity. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law will track, analyze, and publish data on television and radio ad spending in the election using FCC filings and estimates provided by Kantar Media/CMAG. For the first time, the Brennan Center will also track digital advertising, the new frontier in election spending.
Three candidates are running to fill the seat of retiring Justice Michael Gableman on the seven-member Supreme Court: Attorney Tim Burns, Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet, and Circuit Judge Michael Screnock will face off in a nonpartisan primary on February 20, and the top two candidates will move on to the general election on April 3.