Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Could Sway Court's Balance of Power
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GREEN BAY, WI-- Wisconsin voters turn to the polls to decide the next state Supreme Court justice. The race between incumbent justice Pat Roggensack, and Marquette law professor Ed Fallone could swing the court's balance of power.
The Supreme Court race is technically non-partisan but political experts say depending on which candidate wins, issues like Act 10, voter ID and even mining will be impacted.
Both candidates htting the airwaves hard with campaign and hitting the phones in the final hours of the election. Both sides say they're optimistic.
"I can build consensus and compromise with my colleagues and hopefully get the court to speak with one voice as often as possible," said challenger Ed Fallone.
I have a broad depth of judicial experience. I haven't just decided one case or two, I have decided hundreds of cases," said incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack.
Turnout is predicted to be low, at about 20 percent. But it's a race political experts say everyone should care about.
"The vote matters, the outcome matters as to what public policy will be in the state," said St. Norbert college assistant professor of political science, Charlie Jacobs.
Jacobs says if Fallone wins, Wisconsin would sway in favor of the liberals. He says it is more likely Act 10 would be overturned, the voter ID law would be overturned and any other policies that liberals feel undermine the constitution or will of the people.
"This is sort of the skin that is in the game and why the public should be involved and interested in this race," said Jacobs.
Every year or two another member of the court is up for re-election. Each term on Wisconsin's Supreme Court is 10 years.