The sole Black candidate running for Wisconsin lieutenant governor said he found it suspicious that his name did not appear on some election notices in the days leading up to Tuesday’s primary election. It raised concerns of voter suppression, especially in a state with a history of the practice, Mandela Barnes told NewsOne exclusively.
“It’s very strange that I was the only name left off the election guides,” Barnes told NewsOne Tuesday morning, the day of his Democratic primary contest. “I could see if there were a number of errors, but it was just my name left off.”
Barnes, 31, squared off Tuesday against businessman Kurt Kober for the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in the November general election. Two independent candidates were also in the race, and their names appeared in the voter guides.
At least three Wisconsin newspapers omitted the name of the former state representative for Milwaukee on published election notices. Oneida County’s clerk accepted part of the blame for making a clerical error, Madison365.com reported. Barnes’ name also failed to appear in a newspaper located outside Oneida County, he said.