MADISON, WI – At noon on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, a committee comprised of Republican and Democratic Party representatives will meet in the Governor’s Conference Room to determine which candidates will appear on the ballot for Wisconsin’s Presidential Preference Primary.
Under Wisconsin law, preparation of the ballot for the presidential primary begins with the convening of a state nominating committee. The committee is charged with the responsibility to place on the ballot the names of all candidates whose candidacy is generally advocated or recognized in the national news media. The committee has the sole discretion to determine which candidates meet the statutory criteria and may also place the names of other candidates on the ballot.
The nominating committee consists of representatives of each political party whose candidates for governor in 2010 received at least 10% of the total votes cast for that office. In 2012 the nominating committee will include the chairpersons and one national committeeman and one national committeewoman of the Republican and Democratic Parties, the President and Minority Leader of the State Senate, and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the State Assembly, or the designees of these officials. The nominating committee will select one additional member to serve as the committee’s chairperson.
In addition to names submitted by the party representatives, the Government Accountability Board will provide the nominating committee with a list of candidates for consideration who have contacted the agency or who have registered with the Federal Election Commission. Following the committee’s certification of the slate of candidates, the Board will notify each nominee that they will be placed on the ballot unless the nominee files a disclaimer stating that they do not intend to become a candidate for President at the 2012 general election.
Under recently enacted legislation, Wisconsin’s Presidential Preference Primary was moved from the third Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in April, to coincide with the spring nonpartisan election. The date of the spring election and presidential primary will be April 3, 2012. As part of the same legislation, the date of the nominating committee meeting was changed from the second Tuesday in December to the first Tuesday in January.
Michael Haas, 608-266-0136