SOS Candidates Address Convention
Incumbent SOS Doug LaFollette hit on anti-voter suppression themes in his speech to delegates Friday night, while challenger Scot Ross questioned whether the party had asked too little of its secretary of state.
Ross has taken on the long-time incumbent, arguing the party needs energetic and enthusiastic leadership from its SOS.
LaFollette made an appeal to young voters, saying he has been active working with groups such as Rock the Vote and the United Council for UW Students to make sure that voter turnout is consistently high in Wisconsin.
He also said that while his office does not monitor elections, he has nevertheless been at the front lines when it comes to promoting the need and the right for all citizens to vote.
"The election process is clearly broken in places like Florida and Ohio," LaFollette said.
Ross told WisPolitics after his speech that LaFollette has not been effective in his position of leadership.
"There has been a lot of authority taken away from that office, and if we’re going to take back some of the authority we once had, we are going to need a change of leadership," Ross said.