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Improvements to Death Records Matching

Priority: 
Information Only
Date: 
November 27, 2013
To: 
Wisconsin County Clerks
To: 
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
To: 
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
To: 
Milwaukee County Election Commission
From: 
Michael Haas, Elections Division Administrator
From: 
Sarah Whitt, SVRS IT Lead
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SVRS Death File Updates Memo November 2013.pdf30.17 KB

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently made improvements to the State vital records system.  These improvements have resulted in better death record matching in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS).

DHS provides certified death record information to SVRS to help identify voters who have become deceased.  With the new vital records system, DHS is now providing names in a more standard format that will improve the matching with voter names.  More complete address information is now being provided to assist clerks in determining if the deceased record is in fact the same person as the matched voter.

Because of these improvements, some municipalities may see a greater number of death matches created in November than in normal months.  New death matches based on the improved data will begin appearing in SVRS tomorrow morning, Thursday November 28.

Please contact the G.A.B. Help Desk at gabhelpdesk@wi.gov or (608) 261-2028 if you have any questions on death record matching in SVRS.