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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.
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'

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'

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

White-haired Rob Roy looks thoughtful as he speaks to WPR
A technical sales consultant from Milton said that health care and the country's charged political discourse are major issues this election season.
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'I'd Like To Retire Before I'm Old Enough To Be Eligible For Medicare'

A serious-looking, bespectacled Eric Blumreich speaks into the WPR microphone
For Eric Blumreich of Green Bay, campaign finance and human trafficking will loom large this election season.
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'It's Really Hard To Tell Where The Loudest Voices Are Coming From'

Green Bay
Photo of a bearded, plaid-shirted Jonathan Correa
Jonathan Correa , a farmer from Sharon, said he wants election officials to look at ways to reform the criminal justice system, orienting it toward...
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'The Way The System's Set Up, It Actually Isn't Set Up To Rehabilitate People'

Photo of teenager Leelee Everett smiling at the camera
A Verona teenager says the most important issue this election year is making sure that the LGBTQ + community receives equal protection under the law.
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'I Would Like To Be Able To Feel Safe And Live A Normal Life'

Photo of a black woman speaking earnestly into a WPR microphone while white man looks on
As a nurse practitioner from Milwaukee and immigrant from Kenya, Anne Amani said that issues like health care and immigration are top concerns going into the...
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'This Country Is Built On Immigrants And We Are Glad To Participate'

Photo of someone portioning a tray of medical pills
An Edgerton sonographer said the cost of health care and the opioid crisis are her top concerns this election season.
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'There's Still A Lot Of People That Don't Get Care That Need Care'