Wisconsin Supreme Court Election: Minister of Labour and conservative groups have turned to activists on Tuesday, Wisconsin Supreme Court election in an intense confrontation and costly, which offers the public the first formal opportunity to weigh the national struggle for trade union rights.
election officials in the Democratic strongholds of Milwaukee and Madison have found remarkably high voter interest, competition, the Democrats have tried to become a referendum on the polarizing rights law promoted by Republican Governor Scott Walker.
The seven members of the Supreme Court officially apolitical. But Justice David Prosser in place, who is seeking a second term of 10 years, considered part of a Conservative majority four justice. His challenger, Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg was presented as an alternative that would tip the ideological balance of the court to the left.
The Democrats support Kloppenburg, which would generally be at a disadvantage against a great place, have sought to exploit the anger that has brought tens of thousands of protesters flooded Madison Walker pushed his band plan for most workers hearing nearly all collective bargaining rights.
The law finally adopted, but that is pending legal challenges to make their way through the courts - and many expect the state Supreme Court could eventually decide the issue.
Prosser told The Associated Press does not necessarily agree with the law. Democrats still bitter, have described the campaign Kloppenburg clone Walker and protests grew in recent weeks.
Pat Heiser, 76, said the union struggles weighed heavily on his decision to vote Kloppenburg.
"I believe that collective bargaining is a human right," Heiser said. "We are no longer slaves, which ended in 1860."
Bill Finke's attorney said that usually votes conservative, and Prosser argued in part because he feared Kloppenburg had a political agenda.
"I am worried about having an activist judge on the ground," said 73-year-old from Bayside suburb of Milwaukee.
external groups, including Express Tea Party and the national trade union organizations, have contributed at least 3.1 million U.S. dollars in a race that was not originally intended to be competitive. Prosser won a nonpartisan primary election in February to 55 percent of the vote, while Kloppenburg was the second of four candidates with only 28 percent.
Walker said he interprets the results of Tuesday or confirmation or indictment of his policies.
Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl said 7,190 ballots had already been presented on Monday, surpassing the number missing from the presidential primary in February 2008. While the votes were not counted, the high turnout in the city of liberals may benefit Kloppenburg.
Witzel-Behl provides a 60 per cent, which would be a record for the April elections from Madison began keeping records in 1984. Madison also strongly disputed the mayor and the County Executive race, but political observers suspect that the statewide race is driving many local voters.
the turnout was still Statewide should be about 20 percent, according to the election that brought a contested state Supreme Court races in the last decade, according to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
The race was on track to be the most expensive in the Wisconsin high court competition in history. Support groups both candidates spent $ 300,000 to $ 400,000 per day on TV ads right up until election day, according to a group that studies the legal costs.
If neither candidate would discuss internal numbers to vote campaign, a political expert said the hectic pace of last-minute spending suggested a close race. Mordecai Lee, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said the groups generally reduce losses and save their money if the polls show their candidate very late.
"It 's clear that is not happening here," Lee said.
Wisconsin has a recent history of expensive Supreme Court races. outside groups spent a record $ 3.4 million here in 2008, the Brennan Center for Justice, New York University program, which follows the legal fees for competitions. After a quiet 2009 race and a race in 2010, spending this year, came to $ 3,100,000 on Sunday, and broke the last-minute ads are expected to total $ 3,700,000.