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  • 2011 Wisconsin Act 23

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    Date: 
    May 25, 2011
    Summary: 
    Text of the Act signed by Governor on May 25

    Relating to: requiring certain identification in order to vote at a polling place or obtain an absentee ballot; absentee voting; late voter registration; proof of residence; a requirement for electors to provide a signature when voting in person at an election; the duration and location of residency for voting purposes; voting a straight party ticket; issuance of operator’s licenses and identification cards by the Department of Transportation; voter registration information; the statewide voter registration list; voter registration activities; granting rule−making authority; and

  • Voter Photo ID Handout

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    June 20, 2011
    Summary: 
    Information about the new Voter Photo ID Law which will be given to voters during recall and special elections in 2011 as part of the "soft implementation" of the law.
  • Major Impacts of Photo ID Law for 2011

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    June 20, 2011
    Summary: 
    Changes to the Election Process Effective Immediately
  • G.A.B. Voter Photo ID Plan for Joint Committee on Finance

    Posted in
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    July 1, 2011
    Summary: 
    Report to the Co-Chairs of Joint Committee on Finance regarding G.A.B.'s plans to spend fund for new Voter Photo ID Law

    Attached below are the G.A.B.'s plan to implement the public information and public outreach components of Act 23, the Voter Photo ID Law, as well as the approval letter from the Joint Committee on Finance.

    For more information, see the news release.

  • New Voter ID Law Requires Voters to Sign Poll List

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    July 8, 2011

    MADISON, WI – One of the biggest changes for voters in this summer’s recall and special elections will be that they must now sign their name on the poll list before receiving a ballot, according to the Government Accountability Board.

    While the requirement for voters to show a photo ID to receive a ballot does not begin until February 2012, the requirement to sign the poll list starts now, said Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel of the G.A.B.  There is an exception for voters with a physical disability.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • G.A.B.’s Voter Photo ID Public Information and Public Education Plan Receives Legislative Approval

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    July 15, 2011

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board received approval Friday from the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance for its plan to inform and educate the public about Wisconsin’s new Voter Photo ID law, its requirements and ways that the State’s residents can meet those standards.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Lessons Learned from Tuesday’s Election about the New Voter ID Law

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    July 15, 2011

    MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s new Voter Photo ID law was put to its first real-world test at Tuesday’s election, and the Government Accountability Board has identified several common questions that arose.

    “Overall, the recall and special primary elections went relatively smoothly,” said Elections Division Administrator Nathaniel E. Robinson.  “There are, however, helpful lessons to be learned from the ‘soft implementation’ of the photo ID law.”

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Voter IDs Not Required for August Elections

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    August 5, 2011

    MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s new Voter Photo ID Law will be put to another test at Tuesday’s recall election, and the Government Accountability Board reminds people who do not yet have a photo ID that they can still vote.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Voter Photo ID Speakers Bureau Opens

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    September 7, 2011

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board has opened a Speakers Bureau and is now accepting requests from groups for staff speakers to get the word out across Wisconsin about the new Voter Photo ID Law.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Voter Photo ID Law: A Resource Guide and Documents Regarding Changes to Election Law

    Posted in
    Date: 
    October 24, 2011
    Summary: 
    Handout for Voter Photo ID public meetings
  • Testimony to Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules 9-27-2011

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    Date: 
    September 27, 2011
    Summary: 
    Discussion of Stickers for Student IDs and Single-Signature Petitions

    Written Remarks by Kevin J. Kennedy, Director and General Counsel
    Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

    Submitted to the

    Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules
    The Honorable Leah Vukmir
    The Honorable Jim Ott
    Co-Chairs

    328 Northwest, Second Floor North, State Capitol
    Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    1:00 p.m.

  • Absentee Voting

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    Date: 
    October 10, 2014
  • Voter Registration

    Posted in
    Date: 
    September 30, 2011
  • Proof of Residence

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    September 30, 2011
  • Election Day Voting

    Posted in
    Date: 
    October 10, 2014
  • Form Letters for Indefinitely-Confined Absentee Voters and “Regular” Absentee Voters

    Posted in
    Date: 
    October 7, 2011
    Summary: 
    For use by clerks

    Clerks may use these letters to apprise your absentee voters of the ID requirement as it pertains to individual situations. 

    Voters who have applied for absentee ballots as indefinitely-confined electors receive the “Indefinitely-Confined Letter.” 

    All other voters (except those who are exempt from the requirement --military, overseas or confidential voters) receive the “General Absentee Voter Letter.” 

  • Absentee Voting Rules Overview

    Posted in
    Date: 
    September 12, 2012
    Summary: 
    An overview of rules for absentee voting.
  • Testimony to Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules 11-15-2011

    Posted in
    Date: 
    November 15, 2011
    Summary: 
    Discussion of Technical College IDs, Stickers for Student IDs and Recall Petitions
  • Testimony to Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections re: 2011 SB 381

    Posted in
    Date: 
    January 19, 2012

    Prepared Remarks of Kevin J. Kennedy
    Director and General Counsel
    Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

    2011 Senate Bill 381
    Presented by G.A.B. Staff Counsel Shane Falk

    Wisconsin Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections
    The Honorable Mary Lazich, Chairperson

    Room 330 Southwest, State Capitol
    Thursday, January 19, 2012
    10:00 a.m.

     

    Click attachment for full testimony.

  • Testimony on 2011 Assembly Bill 476

    Posted in
    Date: 
    January 25, 2012
    Summary: 
    For Assembly Committee on Election and Campaign Reform
  • Major Impacts of the New Voter Photo ID Bill

    Posted in
    Date: 
    February 10, 2012
    Summary: 
    Powerpoint Presentation

    If you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint on your computer, you may use the free PowerPoint file viewer program, which is available here.

     

  • First Election with Voter Photo ID is Tuesday

    Posted in
    Date: 
    February 17, 2012

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board reminds voters that when they go to the polls on Tuesday, things will be different – they will need to show their photo ID to receive a ballot.

    “Voter photo ID is the biggest change to Wisconsin elections since 18-year-olds became eligible to vote in the early 1970s,” said Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the G.A.B. “But voters can avoid problems if they take a few steps to prepare.”

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • First Election with New Voter ID Law Successful

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    Date: 
    February 22, 2012

    MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s first election with voters required to show a photo ID went smoothly, with very few reported problems, according to the Government Accountability Board.

    “Overall, we had a good experience with voter photo ID at the Spring Primary election,” said Kevin J. Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief elections officer. “We were able to resolve the few issues that came up, and we will be following up with local election officials to avoid those issues in the Spring Election on April 3.”

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Statement Regarding Voter Photo ID Law Injunction

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    Date: 
    March 6, 2012

    Madison, WI – Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy issued a statement today regarding Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan’s order 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.”

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Kevin Kennedy's Prepared Remarks on Voter ID for 9-16-2014 News Conference

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    Date: 
    September 16, 2014

    Let me reiterate what I said on Friday after the court decision came down: We are taking every step to fully implement the voter ID law for the November General Election.

    Implementing voter photo ID this close to an election will not be easy, but the G.A.B. and Wisconsin’s clerks are up to the challenge.

    This is not the first time local election officials have been called upon to step up and serve the voters in a pinch.  We ask a lot of our local election officials – many of whom are part time—and we appreciate their efforts.  

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887

  • Voter Photo ID

    The Voter Photo ID law is in effect as of September 12, 2014.  All voters who wish to cast a ballot at their polling place on Election Day or in their municipal clerk's office during the in-person absentee period will have to provide an acceptable photo ID before they receive a ballot.

  • G.A.B. Requests $460,800 for Voter Photo ID Public Education Campaign

    Posted in
    Date: 
    September 30, 2014

    Late Thursday, October 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued an order blocking implementation of Wisconsin's voter photo ID law for the November 4, 2014 General Election.

    More information about the impact of this decision will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

    Any information on this website stating that voter photo ID is in effect for the November 4, 2014 General Election should be disregarded. 

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887

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