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Guidance to Municipal Clerks for MOVE Act Compliance for the 2010 November 2, 2010 General Election

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Priority: 
High Priority
Date: 
September 16, 2010
To: 
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
To: 
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
From: 
Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
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MOVE Checklist Municipalities 9 16 10 final.pdf21.11 KB
Municipal Clerks MOVE Checklist Guide and Memo.pdf46.85 KB

Yesterday, the Federal court for the Western District of Wisconsin entered an order to resolve the lawsuit based upon a MOVE Act consent decree reached by U.S. DOJ and the Board, with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  We sent a copy of the signed order to you last evening.

Now that the consent decree is law, in this communication, we are sharing the promised guidance for complying with the Federal court order that ensures our military and overseas voters are able to receive, mark and return their ballots for the November 2 General Election in enough time to have them counted.  For additional background regarding the MOVE Act and its impact on Wisconsin, you may refer to our previous communication at this link.

Step-by-step checklists and guides are attached that provide a more concise itemization with additional details to help municipal and county election officials accomplish the required steps.  We appreciate that these changes required by the Federal lawsuit are coming late in the process, and thank you for your patience and assistance.  The main changes from current procedures and statutes contained in both the Federal court order and the Board’s order require accelerating the completion of the canvass for the Partisan Primary by:

  • Ensuring that absentee ballots are transmitted to military and overseas voters with a request on file no later than October 1, 2010, and enclosing a special notice provided by the Board;
  • Promptly reporting the transmission of such ballots in SVRS through October 4, 2010; and
  • Extending the deadline for receipt of absentee ballots from military and overseas voters until November 19, 2010, provided that the ballot is postmarked by Election Day, November 2, 2010.

We appreciate your assistance with this special emphasis on processing the absentee ballots of military and overseas voters.  Please feel free to contact Kathryn Mueller with questions at (608) 267-7890, or Kathryn.Mueller@wi.gov. Thank you!

cc:    Kevin J. Kennedy
    Director and General Counsel
    Government Accountability Board

    Wisconsin County Clerks
    Milwaukee County Election Commission