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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Photo ID Law Update #1: Changes to the Election Process Effective Immediately

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    June 10, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Major Impacts of the New Voter Photo ID Bill
    Changes to the Election Process Effective Immediately
    Information for Municipal Clerks

    See attached memo above.

  • Photo ID Law Update #2 Changes to Election Process Effective Immediately

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    June 21, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    The first update on the new Voter Photo ID law was posted to our website on June 10, 2011, titled
    “Photo ID Law Update #1: Changes to the Election Process Effective Immediately.”  We will continue to number all future updates sequentially for your convenience.  All Updates will continue to be posted on our website so we encourage you to review our website regularly.

  • Photo ID Law Update #3 -- Changes to Election Process, Effective Immediately

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    June 23, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    On June 21, 2011 G.A.B. staff issued Photo ID Law Update #2: Changes to Election Process, Effective Immediately which provided revised forms and documents in response to the recent passage of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23.  At this time, we are only focusing on those provisions of the law that must be applied to the 2011 July and August summer recall and special elections.  We will concentrate on implementing the provisions that become effective in 2012 after the summer’s election process is concluded. 

  • Voter Photo ID Informational Teleconference Calls Scheduled

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    June 28, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    By now, we trust you have had a chance to review the Voter ID implementation information we posted to our website last week.  Within the next several weeks, G.A.B. staff will be conducting a series of WisLine teleconference calls to answer questions county and municipal clerks may have regarding Wisconsin’s Voter Photo ID Law and our newly posted information. Clerks without email were mailed these documents last week. 

  • Wisline Voter ID Teleconference Audio is now available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    July 8, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    G.A.B. staff conducted WisLine teleconference calls recently to answer any questions county and municipal clerks may have regarding Wisconsin’s Photo ID Law and our newly posted information.

    Clerks are eligible to receive recertification training hours for listening to one of the teleconferences attached below.   If you have chief inspectors able to listen online to the recoreded teleconference, they may also receive recertification training hours.

  • Photo ID Law Update #4 -- Changes to Election Process, Effective Immediately

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    July 8, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    This high priority communication about Wisconsin’s Voter Photo ID Law is directed primarily to county and municipal clerks with summer recall or special elections.  This communication however, contains important information for all clerks to review and become familiar with.  Please note that this information has been conveyed in previous Updates, and more detail (see our website, “Recent Clerk Communications.”)  We are including a summary in this correspondence for your convenience.

  • Guidance Regarding Poll Book Printing for the Summer Elections and Future Elections

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    July 8, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    The requirement that voters sign the poll book is now the law, effective with all elections, starting with the 2011 Recall and Special Elections!  If a voter is not physically disabled and still refuses to sign, that voter will not be eligible to receive a ballot for voting.  Please refer to our website under “Recent Clerk Communications” for Photo ID documents that provide additional details.

  • Photo ID Law Update #5 -- What We Learned from the Primaries

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    July 14, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Overall, the recall and special primary elections held this past Tuesday, July 12 went relatively smooth.  There are lessons to be learned regarding the “soft implementation” of the photo ID law that clerks and election inspectors need to pay special attention to so similar situations do not occur for future elections.  Please make sure the following items are a point of focus for any election held prior to the 2012 February Primary:

  • Photo ID Law Update #6

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    August 4, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    As we approach the August 9 and August 16 recall elections, local election officials should review the communication of July 14, 2011, “What We Learned from the Primaries,” which is available on the Board’s website: http://gab.wi.gov/node/1956, so as to avoid some of the mistakes made regarding the “soft implementation” of the Voter Photo ID Law.

    Since that communication, other issues have come to the Board’s attention that clerks should be aware of: 

  • Voter Photo ID Law Clerk Advisory Committee Survey

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    August 26, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    With the final summer recall a thing of the past, we have turned our full attention to determining methods, approaches and strategies for implementing the Voter Photo ID Law.  In the communication posted on our website on May 26, 2011 titled, “State’s New Voter Photo ID Bill,” we said, “we will work closely with municipal and county clerks to make sure we (G.A.B., clerks and the voting public) are prepared to meet these new challenges and opportunities.”

  • Impact of Voter ID Legislation With Respect to Absentee Voters

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    October 7, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Voter Photo ID Law Status: No ID Currently Required for Voting

    Two separate judges, on March 6 and March 12, 2012, have issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing photo ID requirements in 2011 Act 23. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has appealed those injunctions, and the appeals have been certified to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which on April 16 sent them back to the respective Courts of Appeals.

    The document below may contain information which is no longer accurate. Please contact the G.A.B. Help Desk if you have questions.

  • New Public Information Brochures on Obtaining a Free State ID

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    November 7, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    To assist municipal clerks in educating the public about the new Voter Photo ID Law and its major impacts, G.A.B. staff is creating public information election brochures to ensure uniform and consistent information is conveyed to all Wisconsin voters.  The election brochures will clarify some of the major requirements and areas of the new Voter Photo ID Law, as well as address some of the frequently ask questions the public may have. 

  • Updated Key Changes to SVRS for Photo ID

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    February 10, 2012
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    On January 27, 2012, G.A.B. staff announced to all SVRS users that new updates had been installed in SVRS to support Wisconsin Act 23, the Voter Photo ID Law.  A “Key Changes” document was released outlining the updates that were made to SVRS to assist clerks in compliance with this new law.

    Based on feedback from municipal and county clerks, and continued testing of the new SVRS functions, the “Key Changes” document has been updated and clarified, to more accurately reflect the way SVRS is currently functioning. 

  • New Training Resources Available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    February 13, 2012
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    In response to earlier feedback from clerks and other election officials, and in an effort to better serve our election partners, the Government Accountability Board is committed to the use of new training delivery methods and formats to provide more training opportunities on Voter Photo ID and other election administration topics on-demand and closer to home.      

    The primary aspects of the G.A.B.’s training plan are:

  • Injunction Regarding Wisconsin Act 23 - Voter Photo Identification Legislation Impact

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    March 9, 2012
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator
    • On Tuesday afternoon, March 6, 2012, Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan ordered the Government Accountability Board to “cease immediately any effort to enforce or implement the photo identification requirements of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, pending trial of this case and further order of the court.” 

    • Until further notice, we are taking all necessary and required steps to suspend enforcement and implementation of the Voter Photo ID provisions of Wisconsin Act 23. 

  • Photo ID Injunction Q & A

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    March 9, 2012
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator
    • Clerks have sought clarification on the impact of the photo ID injunction ordered on March 6, 2012.  A Question and Answers document is attached above and also posted under Clerks/Guidance/Photo ID.
    •  Please also refer to the memo dated March 7, 2012 and posted to the Clerk Communication Page today:  http://gab.wi.gov/node/2245
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