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Today is Wisconsin election day

It could be easily overlooked, but today (April 7) is election day in Wisconsin.

Races for city councils, village boards, town boards and school boards are being decided as voters head to the polls. Most polling places are open until 8 p.m. tonight.

Apart from the numerous local races, there are two state-wide races being decided. Wisconsin voters will select a new superintendent of public instruction and a Supreme Court justice.

Rose Fernandez, Mukwonago, and Tony Evers, Madison, are candidates for a four-year term to replace Elizabeth Burmaster, who has headed the Department of Public Instruction since 2001.

Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick, Oconomowoc, is challenging 32-year incumbent Shirley Abrahamson, Madison, for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The DPI provides direction and technical assistance for public elementary and secondary education. It offers programs and services to local school administrators, distributes state financial aid and administers federal aid. The current salary for state superintendent is $122,516.

The Supreme Court is composed of seven justices. It may review cases decided in any lower court or it may hear original actions. Justices are elected to 10-year terms. The justice who has served the longest consecutive term is chief justice. The salaries are $137,414 for a justice and $145,414 for the chief justice.

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