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  • State receives $3.9 million in federal election funds

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    January 14, 2010

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board has completed the process for the State of Wisconsin to receive $3.9 million in federal election funds.

    The U.S. Election Assistance Commission recently notified Governor Jim Doyle’s office of the award, which will be used to jump-start implementation of the G.A.B.’s 2009-2014 Election Administration Plan, which will provide a road map for new agency initiatives in coming years.

    For more information, contact: 

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

  • Five-Year Election Plan Approved by Joint Committee on Finance

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    October 14, 2009

    MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s five-year, $17.3 million plan for state elections was approved Tuesday, October 13, by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance.

  • G.A.B. Report Spurs Wisconsin Attorney General to Finally Concede Voter Records Lawsuit

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    January 16, 2009

    MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s (G.A.B.) decision to study data before ordering a large-scale check of old voter records was again validated Thursday by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s move to end a voter records lawsuit.

    “The Attorney General’s decision to drop his lawsuit is the right thing to do,” said G.A.B. Chairman Judge Michael Brennan. “In October, the court found that the Board’s approach to implementing the Help America Vote Act was correct and lawful.”

  • G.A.B. Provides $500,000 to Clerks for Improving Elections

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    March 11, 2009

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) is providing funds to Wisconsin counties and municipalities to improve the reporting of election data and results, the G.A.B. announced Wednesday.

    More than $500,000 will be distributed to local election officials for gathering, reporting and inputting election data into a new statewide reporting system. The payments are being made to local governments per “reporting unit” – usually the municipal ward.

    For more information, contact: 

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

  • State to Begin Retroactive Voter Record Checks

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    April 30, 2009

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board’s (G.A.B.) Elections Division will commence retroactive cross-checking of voter records in early May. The purpose of these comparisons is to update voter information in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS).

    “Our system is only as good as the information it contains,” said Kevin Kennedy, G.A.B. Director and General Counsel. “The HAVA Check process is a tool that helps election officials improve voter data quality."

    For more information, contact: 

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

  • Accountability Board Achieves Major First-Year Goals

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    December 30, 2008

    MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) will conclude its first year with a substantial set of achievements in the areas of elections, ethics, campaign finance and lobbying.

    “While 2008 has passed quickly, the Board has worked hard and acted in a timely manner on a wide-ranging agenda,” said Kevin Kennedy, G.A.B. Director and General Counsel. “Wisconsin citizens can be assured that the new board and agency are acting to address important public policy concerns.”

    For more information, contact: 

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

  • G.A.B. Wins $2 million Federal Grant to Support Election Data Collection

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    May 28, 2008

    MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board was awarded $2 million from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Wednesday to improve the State’s ability to collect election data at the most local levels. The grant will be administered by the Elections Division.

    “This funding will help us further improve election administration throughout the state,” said Nat Robinson, Elections Division Administrator. “This is a vote of confidence for Wisconsin and a shot in the arm for local election officials.”

    For more information, contact: 

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

  • Voter Registration System Data Interfaces Working, Wisconsin Now Compliant With Federal Law

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    August 6, 2008

    MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s Elections Division Tuesday announced to local election officials across the state that voter registration system interfaces linking voter data with death, felony and driver’s license records are now functioning.

    For more information, contact: 

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

  • Accountability Board Members’ Voter Data Do Not Match Department of Transportation Records

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    March 19, 2008

    MADISON, WI – In a test comparison of Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) data with state Department of Transportation (DOT) data, four of six members of the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) failed the initial data cross-check, Elections Division staff said Thursday.

    Three Board members’ DOT data did not match exactly with their voter registration information due to differences in the first and last name or middle initial, and one member’s birth date did not match, according to Division Administrator Nat Robinson.

  • Accountability Board Replies to Attorney General’s Lawsuit

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    September 10, 2008

    MADISON, WI – In response to a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.), G.A.B. Director and General Counsel Kevin Kennedy issued the following statement:

    “Attorney General Van Hollen has advised the Board that he has filed a lawsuit about a recent decision of the Board concerning the use of a new cross-checking tool developed for its Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS).

  • Accountability Board Comments on Circuit Court “HAVA Checks” Decision

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    October 24, 2008

    MADISON, WI – In response to a Dane County Circuit Court decision rendered Thursday in favor of the Government Accountability Board, G.A.B. Chairman Judge Thomas Cane and Director & General Counsel, Kevin J. Kennedy, issued the following statement:

  • Government Accountability Board Reiterates Original Plans to Check Voter Records

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    November 11, 2008

    MADISON, WI – On Tuesday, November 11, during its regular meeting, the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) unanimously directed staff to develop a protocol, including standards and a timeline for local elections officials to cross-check voter records in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) with state Department of Transportation (DOT) data.

  • Statistical Analysis HAVA Checks

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    January 4, 2009

    At the August 2008 meeting of the Government Accountability Board, the Board directed staff to prepare a statistical report analyzing the non-match facts that resulted from the newly implemented comparison between the Statewide Voter Registration System’s (SVRS) voter data and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), and Social Security Administration (SSA).

    There are several key findings from this statistical report:

  • 2009-2014 Wisconsin Election Administration Plan

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    October 1, 2009

    The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s five-year, $17.3 million plan for state elections was approved Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance.

    Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the G.A.B., said JCF approval enables the agency to accept almost $4 million in federal funds through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). It also allows the G.A.B. to continue funding election administration initiatives that will continue to improve Wisconsin’s nationally recognized approach to conducting fair, transparent elections.

  • Final Report of the Retroactive HAVA Check Project

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    March 23, 2010
    Summary: 
    An Analysis of HAVA Checks in Wisconsin (January 1, 2006 through August 5, 2008)

    This report was presented to the Board at its March 2010 meeting. Video of the presentation and Board discussion is available at that link.

  • Wisconsin Elections Administrator Participates in Federal Review of November Election

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    November 30, 2010

    MADISON, WI – Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division administrator for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, has been invited to participate in an election review roundtable discussion at the December 2 meeting of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (US-EAC) in Washington, D.C.

    For more information, contact: 

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

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