CRANDON - Labor Day weekend for many folks in the Northwoods means fun, family, and friends. In Crandon, it also means truck racing.
The TORC or the Off-Road Championship series returns to Crandon.
Final preparations were made on the track and the trucks Thursday.
Around 20,000 fans over three days of racing are expected at Crandon Off-Road Raceway.
Action gets underway Friday.
Head-lining Friday's action, Robbie Gordon's Stadium Super Trucks series.
The circuit's debut in Crandon was last year. Five trucks raced then. This weekend, ten trucks will be burning rubber. Gordon, who has raced in NASCAR in the past, likes how Northwoods fans reacted to last year's showing.
"We had fun last year," Gordon explains. "I think running on the short track is good for the fans because it puts all of the action in front of them."
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
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