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A Successfully Administered and Conducted Election; The November 6, 2012 Presidential and General Election

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Date: 
November 9, 2012
To: 
Wisconsin County Clerks
To: 
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
To: 
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
To: 
Milwaukee County Election Commission
From: 
Kevin J. Kennedy, Director and General Counsel and Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator
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On behalf of the members of the Government Accountability Board and our staff, thank you for
continuing to bring the highest level of enthusiasm and exceptional performance to serving the people
of Wisconsin.

The November 6, 2012 Presidential and General Election marked the culmination of an election year
that saw an unprecedented number of elections (six statewide), including the unbudgeted and
unscheduled recall contests during which you had to learn and apply new laws, new rules and new
procedures. Throughout this unpredictable year, your professionalism and diligence in serving the
people of our Great State enabled them to make their voices heard throughout Wisconsin and around
the nation.

We thank you for the excellent work not only on November 6, 2012 but for the hundreds of hours of
preparation focused before the November Presidential and General Election making sure that it and the
five elections before that, were a success. Your dedication and commitment to the integrity of our
election process reflects what is best about election administration in Wisconsin. This fact is supported
and reflected by us receiving glowing compliments from voters, legislators and the media alike about
how smoothly things went on November 6, Election Day. That positive feedback is a direct reflection
of the work you and your staff put in during these demanding times.

All told, over three million ballots were cast and turnout estimates (about 70%) suggest voter
participation that rivals, and possibly exceeds, the totals from the 2008 Presidential and General
Election. Interest in absentee voting was robust throughout the State placing an increased demand on
the time and resources of your offices. Despite heavy turnout which is typical for Wisconsin, you
performed consistently and in an exemplary manner.

Given the fact that the whole nation was watching, as usual, you made Wisconsin proud! For that, we
are grateful. A heartfelt thank-you!

cc: Members, Government Accountability Board
Members, Government Accountability Board Staff