February 18th Primary Election: What to Know

2020 will feature four elections for our governmental representatives. The first election of the year is fast approaching and will take place on February 18th. The following is what you need to know about the February 18th election, information on the next few elections, and includes resources to help you be more civically engaged.

Keep in mind that in Wisconsin we do have same day voter registration, but it is a good idea to double check that you are registered before you get to the polls on election day so that you are fully prepared to vote.

Election Day Countdown








February 18 – Spring Primary

This is a nonpartisan primary which is held on the third Tuesday in February to determine which candidates will be voted on in the Spring Election. The following are the statewide elections that will be on your ballot in this primary. You will be able to view a sample ballot 21 days before the election by following this link and typing in your address: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PreviewMyBallot

  • State Supreme Court Primary (Nonpartisan)
    • Daniel Kelly (Appointed by Gov. Walker in 2016)
    • Edward A. Fallone
    • Jill Karofsky

April 7 – Spring Election and presidential preference primary

This election is held on the first Tuesday of April as Wisconsin’s Presidential primary and the election that decides the State Supreme Court, Court of Appeals Judge, Circuit Court Judge, County Nonpartisan Offices, Municipal Offices, School District Offices, and referenda if there are any.

August 11 – Partisan primary

This is a partisan primary which is held on the second Tuesday in August. This election is held to determine what candidates from each party will be voted on in the general election and referenda if there are any.

November 3 – General and Presidential election

This election is held every two years during even numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This election is held this year to elect the President and Vice President of the United States, Representative in Congress, State Senator, Assembly Representative, District Attorney, County Partisan Offices, and referenda if there are any.

Election Resources

There are many voting resources that can be used to figure out if you are registered to vote at your current address, what you will see on your ballot, and where your polling location is. The following are some of the most helpful resources to be civically engaged and knowledgeable in the La Crosse area during the upcoming election season. Myvote.wi.gov is an extremely useful resource that will let you know if you’re registered, how to register, where your polling place is, and what you can expect to see on your ballot. If you would like more information on candidates, Ballotpedia is a great nonpartisan resource that is frequently updated with information on elected officials and those running for office. Additionally, if you would like more local information on the elections, you can click on the city clerk and county clerk websites.