FAQ

Which candidates are eligible?

Any candidate who has formally declared for governor and attended a Wisconsin’s Choice forum.

How do I vote?

Voting will be done exclusively online during a four day ‘live’ period for each round. Everyone can vote, but the second and third round will have volunteer requirements that voters are expected to fulfill.

Do I have to be a member of any particular organization to participate in the Wisconsin Choice vote?

No. While we encourage people to get more involved in the initiating organizations of this project—Our Wisconsin Revolution and Wisconsin Working Families Party, you don’t have to be a member of either group to participate in Wisconsin’s Choice. We do encourage everyone to join organizations generally — we can’t change this state and country just as individuals. It really helps to be organized!

Does the Wisconsin’s Choice endorsement also represent an endorsement by Our Wisconsin Revolution, WI Working Families Party, or any other organizational ally involved in the Wisconsin Choice project?

No. The Wisconsin’s Choice endorsements is separate from that of any organization, including both OWR and WFP.  All organizations participating in the WC process still have the choice to independently endorse the candidate of their choice through their own internal process.

What is a ranked choice vote?

With ranked choice voting, voters can rank candidates as they want in order of preference. Candidates do best when they attract a strong core of first-choice support while also reaching out for second and even third choices. What this means is that the ultimate winner is the candidate who has the broadest support. It also means that even if your #1 preference does not emerge on top, maybe your #2 will. It asks voters to be mature, so to speak, and think about who they like in addition to their top choice.  

Are all rounds ranked choice?

No.  Only the first and second rounds are ranked choice. In the final round, voters will select a single candidate. One candidate must procure a majority of the vote to win the “People’s Champion” endorsement.

Do I have to vote in all rounds?

No. Each round is independent. The only requirement is that you follow through on your activist commitment for the round.

If my favorite candidate gets eliminated, can I still participate?

Yes. Voters can do actions on behalf of a still ‘alive’ campaign or Wisconsin’s Choice (this might mean making calls on behalf of the campaign, promoting it on social media, etc.)

What does the candidate who comes out on top — the People’s Champ — get if he or she wins the Wisconsin’s Choice endorsement?

An army of the most committed activists in the state! Over the course of this process, we aim to build a grassroots base that will work together to save the state from the Koch brothers and their allies.

What if there is no endorsement?

That’s an important question. If no candidate receives an outright majority (over 50% of the vote) in the final round of voting in early July, we nevertheless hope that you will keep your promise to volunteer in the fall. No matter what, this November is time to take back government for middle-class and working-class people of Wisconsin.