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Frequently Asked Questions - Complaints

You have the right to file a complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.  However, most people are able to resolve their complaints informally.  We suggest you may want to follow the steps below as a starting point to resolve your concern.

Call or write your municipal (i.e., city, village or town) clerk’s office to let them know about the problem. The clerk’s office may be able to resolve your concern right away. Find your municipal clerk under Directory of Wisconsin Clerks on this web site.

Contact other employees who work for your city, town or village to see if they can help you.

If you still have problems, you can call the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board at (608)266-8005 or write to us at:

Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
P.O. Box 7984
212 East Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53707-7984

If your complaint is still not resolved, you can file a formal, verified  complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.  The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board web site contains a complete guide for filing a formal complaint.

A verified (or sworn) complaint is a written challenge, sworn to before a person authorized to administer oaths.  The complaint must set forth facts within the knowledge of the complainant (the individual filing the complaint) to show probable cause to believe that a violation of law or abuse of discretion has occurred or will occur.  The complaint may be accompanied by relevant supporting documents.

If the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is unable to resolve the formal complaint to your satisfaction, you may have the option of filing a complaint under certain laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if they apply to your situation.

Organizations that advocate for persons with disabilities such as Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) may be able to assist you in resolving your complaint if it is related to a disability.  To reach DRW’s Voting Rights Line, call 800/928-8778 (voice) or 888/758-6049 (TTY).

Wisconsin law provides that whenever any person believes that a violation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) has occurred, is occurring, or is proposed to occur with respect to an election for national office in this state, that person may file a written, verified complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. 

A verified (or sworn) complaint is a written challenge, sworn to before a person authorized to administer oaths.  The complaint must set forth facts within the knowledge of the complainant (the individual filing the complaint) to show probable cause to believe that a violation of law or abuse of discretion has occurred or will occur.  The complaint may be accompanied by relevant supporting documents.  This process can be found on the GAB web site.

If you have witnessed efforts to commit any kind of fraud or corruption in the voting process, you may report this to local law enforcement officials such as your sheriff’s or police department.   You may also report this to the District Attorney in your county or to state law enforcement officials at the Wisconsin Department of Justice at (608) 266-1221.

You may report this to federal law enforcement officials at:

United States Attorney's Offices
Eastern District of Wisconsin:  414-297-1700  
Western District of Wisconsin:  608-264-5158

If you have witnessed actual or attempted acts of discrimination or intimidation in the voting process, you may report this to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice at 1-800-253-3931.

If you have questions or concerns about the voting process, including polling place accessibility or accessible voting equipment, you may contact your municipal clerk.

You can check the Directory of Wisconsin Municipal Clerks on this website to find contact information for your municipal clerk. This listing contains telephone and fax numbers as well as addresses.

You may also use our online complaint form contact the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board at 608-266-8005, or e-mail: gab@wi.gov.