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Beyond The Ballot
Stories from across Wisconsin
This election season, Wisconsin Public Radio is going “Beyond The Ballot.” We’re finding out what people really care about and we’re meeting them where they are — out in the community. Your voices will inform our election coverage this year.
Joclyn Durrsumner
Joclyn Durr Sumner is an educational consultant for people with developmental disabilities, a job that was inspired by her son, who was born without a...
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'It Seems Like Nothing, But I Can Put That Money Away'

Milwaukee
Nick Adams and Carson Tomony
Carson Tomony, a junior at Madison East High School, has learned about candidates and where they stand on the issues. He and his classmates have also noticed...
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'OK, We Got To Do Something About This'

Madison
Anna Sniadach
Anna Sniadach, 17-year-old Madison East High School student, would vote in this fall’s elections if she could, but she’ll be about a month too young.
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‘No One Is Talking About How It Doesn’t Measure Your Intelligence'

Madison
Taden Ellenbolt
Taden Ellenbolt, age 17, plans to vote in this fall’s elections because, but also acknowledges that some government programs do more for him than others.
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'A Lot Of Immigration Policies Don’t Really Focus On The Reasons Why People Are Immigrating'

Madison
Ayden Romer
Since she turned 18, Madison East High School senior Ayden Romer has voted twice — once in the primary in February and again in the spring election in April.
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'I Personally Feel Scared To Go To School Sometimes'

Madison
Halley Pucker and Dana Gerber-Margie
Halley Pucker and Dana Gerber-Margie graduated college during the recession, but student loan debt has left them feeling financially strained.
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'I Still Don't Feel Like I've Entered The Real World'

Madison
There are about 900,000 private wells in Wisconsin, making groundwater contamination a main issue for some residents.
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Groundwater Quality A Cause For Concern For Some Wisconsin Voters

Kirk Stone and his 9-year-old daughter pose together during their interview
A Madison father said he would like to see his elected officials have more of a presence in the #MeToo movement.
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'I'd Like To See Some Of The Men Step Forward'

Madison
Caitlin Meilahn laughes as she speaks to WPR in an interview
Going into the fall election, Caitlin Meilahn has questions about recent tax reform and Gov. Scott Walker's varied stance on abortion.
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'We Need To Actually Work Together And Do Something'

Brookfield