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  • Update: The 2010 Census Redistricting Initiative

    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    July 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

    Many of you have inquired about the status of the 2010 Census Redistricting implementation.  This memorandum provides updates.  Please read this information in its entirety as this is an important status  that clerks should be aware of as municipalities and counties finalize their respective redistricting plans.

  • Redistricting Project: Contact Information Requested for County GIS Data

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    September 16, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson

    As you may know, we are in the process of retooling SVRS to use maps and GIS functionality instead of address ranges to manage districts in Wisconsin.  As part of this process, we are importing maps into SVRS for the districts in your county.  Many counties already have map layers for electoral districts in their County GIS systems.  We would like to work with the appropriate person in your county to determine which map layers may be available to assist us in this process.  To that end, we are requesting two things from you:

  • Redistricting Update: System Requirements

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    September 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

    As you may know, we are in the process of retooling SVRS to use maps to manage districts instead of address ranges.  G.A.B. staff are developing new web-based tools that clerks will be able to use to manage new district boundaries, and to put voters in the correct district combo.

    As with many new technologies, in order to take full advantage of the new features in SVRS, some clerks may need to upgrade their computer, and/or computer software.  Computers that are more than a few years old may not have enough memory for the tools to run well. 

  • Redistricting Update: New Informational Video for Clerks

    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

    As you may know, starting in 2012, districts in SVRS will be managed using maps instead of address ranges.  Clerks will no longer be required to update address ranges in SVRS.  The G.A.B. technical team is pulling all of the new districts created by Redistricting into SVRS.  Clerks should not update their address ranges with the new districts.  Once the new maps have been loaded into SVRS, clerks will use the maps to manage their district boundaries instead of address ranges.

  • Redistricting Update #4: Important Details

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    November 11, 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

    As you may know, starting in 2012, districts in SVRS will be managed using maps instead of address ranges.  The G.A.B. technical team is finishing up the work in SVRS and we are preparing to make the new information and features available to clerks.  There are several very important updates that clerks need to know to be prepared for Redistricting:

  • Redistricting Update #5: Municipal and Ward Boundaries

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    November 18, 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

    The G.A.B. technical team is working hard preparing to implement the new legislative districts in SVRS on December 1.  As clerks know, we are importing the new wards, aldermanic, county supervisory, State Assembly, State Senate, and Congressional districts from WISE-LR, the tool that the Legislature used to facilitate Redistricting, into SVRS.  The districts in WISE-LR are based on census data and use census blocks as the building blocks for districts. 

    Census Data Accuracy

  • Redistricting in SVRS Resources for Clerks

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    December 14, 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

    We have received inquiries from clerks asking whether all clerks may attend the live SVRS Redistricting Training Webinars.  Due to limited space on the live interactive broadcasts, the scheduled webinars have been limited to SVRS users.  If your municipality uses SVRS, at least one SVRS User must attend a webinar or view the recording, even if your municipality had no district changes. 

    However, in response to the demand for information for all clerks, the G.A.B. will provide an alternative to the live SVRS webinars.

  • Redistricting Anomalies—Municipal and Ward Boundaries

    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 13, 2012
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Kevin Kennedy, Director and General Counsel, Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    Introduction

  • Redistricting Phase 2 in SVRS begins Tuesday, January 10th

    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    January 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

    Redistricting in SVRS began on December 5th, with clerks checking that the new districts were correct,
    and fixing voters with no district combo. The second phase of redistricting will launch on Tuesday,
    January 10th. This phase will complete the data cleanup required to hold elections in the new districts.

  • Redistricting Update #8: Preparing for the February Primary

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    January 27, 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

    As you know, G.A.B. staff and county and municipal clerks have been working feverishly to prepare for the February 2012 Spring Primary.  I would like to take a moment to commend Wisconsin’s county and municipal clerks for their diligence and their patience during these difficult times.  We all acknowledge that there is a lot of work to do related to redistricting, in very short period of time.  G.A.B. staff are committed to continuing to work in partnership with Wisconsin’s clerks to resolve outstanding issues and help get the work done.

  • Poll Books, Trifold Mailing and Other Redistricting Updates

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    March 21, 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

    Please note that this memo covers several important SVRS updates.

  • Friendly Reminder about the Redistricting Teleconference Call March 1

    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    February 28, 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

    Teleconference for Municipal and County Clerks
    Redistricting Incidents:  Discussion of G.A.B. Protocol for Assisting Clerk to Resolve Challenges
    Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 1-3:00 p.m.
    Phone Number:  (888) 517-2485
    Passcode:   6253 501#

    Meeting Objectives:  The following objectives are expected to be accomplished:

  • Audio of March 1, 2012 Clerk Redistricting Teleconference

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    March 5, 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
    Audio: 

    Special Note:  The audio file from the Government Accountability Board Teleconference with Municipal and County Clerks from Thursday, March 1, 2012 is now available at the link above.  

    We regret that despite our numerous efforts requesting participants to mute their phones and cease conversations, there were interferences that are distracting and take away from the quality of the presentation. Rest assured, we will remedy this situation for all future teleconferences.

  • Presidential Preference Primary Election Reporting - Implementation of Ward Splits Caused by Acts 43, 44

    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

    Introduction

    The Government Accountability Board has identified an apparent conflict between Wis. Stat. §8.12(3) requirements regarding reporting results of the April 3, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary Election and Wis. Stat. §5.15(4)(a) regarding a municipalities adoption of a new ward plan by April 10, 2012 to address wards split by a Legislative or Congressional district boundary.

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