The Wisconsin Supreme Court makes decisions that affect all of us – and right now, Wisconsin voters have the power to pick the next person to serve on the state’s highest court. The next Supreme Court Justice will serve a ten-year term, and it’s vital we elect someone who believes in fairness, equality under the law, and our Constitution.

Here’s what you need to know about this important election.

Who is running? Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky. Law professor Ed Fallone did not advance to the General Election.

When is the election? April 7, 2020.

What are the candidates’ qualifications? The ACLU does not endorse or oppose candidates for office, but we do want all voters to cast an informed vote. All candidates were contacted and invited to share their views on the same set of questions. We received a response from Judge Karofsky, but we have not yet received a response from Justice Kelly. 

How does this affect me? Supreme Court Justices make decisions that affect the civil rights and liberties of everyone who lives in Wisconsin on important issues like voting rights, reproductive freedom and police practices, and the Justices often have different ideas about these issues. The next Supreme Court Justice should believe in fairness, equality under the law, and our constitution.

Judge Jill Karofsky  - Read candidate survey

Jill Karofsky

Justice Daniel Kelly - Candidate survey not yet received

Daniel Kelly