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City of Milwaukee Voter Turnout Trends

Was Milwaukee’s 2022 election turnout low or high? You can spin a story either way, depending on the baseline you choose. This post considers turnout trends in presidential and gubernatorial elections since 1972.

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Wisconsin Redistricting Plans

The original version of this memo included all the plans submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in December 2021. On January 10th, 2022, the Court accepted corrected versions of the Assembly and Senate redistricting plans submitted by Governor Evers and BLOC. This memo has been updated to include these small corrections from Evers and BLOC. The changes were mostly designed to improve plan conformity with current municipal boundaries. Compared with the original submission, Evers’ corrections changed the Assembly district of 339 residents and the Senate district of 275. BLOC’s corrections change the Assembly district of 245 residents and the Senate district of 161.

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Milwaukee Housing Trends 

This report continues the Lubar Center’s focus on the state of Milwaukee’s housing. Previous installments have documented the end of the residency requirement for city workers, the collapse in owner occupancy following the Great Recession, increased investment by out-of-state landlords, and high-frequency eviction by large corporate landlords.

Our latest study reveals something new. Since 2018, homeownership has begun rebounding across Milwaukee. No other four-year period since our data begins in 1990 has seen an increase in homeownership this large. At the same time, several private equity backed out-of-state investors have also rapidly expanded their holdings. They focus on lower-priced houses in specific neighborhoods, putting them in direct competition with the would-be home buyers already living there.

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Barrett's Electoral History 

Beginning with the 2004 spring mayoral primary, Milwaukee voters had the opportunity to vote for Tom Barrett or somebody else nine times.1 The maps below show (1) the wards which voted for Barrett in any of those elections and (2) the wards which Barrett always won.

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