By Sharon Roznik
Wisconsin voters in 18 Assembly districts and nearly a third of the Senate districts up for election this fall will have only one choice on the ballot, and almost no one in the state will have a chance to elect a different district attorney.
More than 90 uncontested races appear on the list of state ballots compiled by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. That’s a lot of unchallenged legislative races going into the November election, political observers say, and it continues a troubling trend for Wisconsin’s democracy.
It means that nearly 800,000 voting-age residents live in Assembly districts where there’s just one option for a state representative — almost always the incumbent — and over 650,000 eligible voters will be unable to replace their state senator with their preferred candidate, according to a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin analysis.