April 5, 2023

ACS Statement Regarding the Wisconsin Supreme Court Election

Nancy Rodriguez, media@acslaw.org

Washington, DC -- Yesterday, Wisconsin voters went to the polls to vote to fill a vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz won the election with 55.5 percentage of the vote. ACS President Russ Feingold released the following statement in response to the election:

"This election was rightfully described as one of, if not the most consequential, elections of 2023 and not just for Wisconsinites. With state courts increasingly on the frontlines of protecting fundamental freedoms and safeguarding our democracy, a state supreme court election in a swing state like Wisconsin is likely to have regional and even nationwide implications.

Now more than ever, we need justices to be judges and not legislators. We need our courts to be bound by the rule of law, precedent, and judicial restraint, rather than to act as a third political branch with a partisan agenda. It is our hope that this election begins to restore the Wisconsin Supreme Court to just that, a court bound by the rule of law and not by partisan politics. As we look ahead, we may have faith in the fair and impartial deliberations of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, including as we look ahead to 2024 and the litigation likely to surround the election."


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