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  • G.A.B.'s Extended Hours of Operations before, during and after the April 5, 2011 Spring Election

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    Date: 
    March 25, 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

    Starting Friday, April 1, 2011, in addition to our regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), the G.A.B. is offering extended hours before, during and after the April 5, 2011 Spring Election so that your questions get answered and your election-related needs get met We encourage you not to wait until the day of the Primary to contact us to get your questions answered.

    Our extended hours, including our regular hour are: 

  • Polling Place Signage Regarding Voter Photo ID for April 5 Spring Election

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    March 25, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
    • The Wisconsin Legislature is still considering bills to require Photo ID for voting, and there has been much publicity about the issue, which may create confusion among voters and poll workers about whether photo ID may be required.
    • Current Wisconsin law does not require voters to present a Photo ID before voting.  Therefore, Election inspectors may not ask registered voters to provide Photo ID for the Spring Election.
  • Circulating Recall Petitions at a Polling Place / Amended

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    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    March 31, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Kevin J. Kennedy, Director & General Counsel

    Due to the anticipated presence of recall petition circulators at polling places, G.A.B. offers the following guidance for clerks, election inspectors, and petition circulators to use at the polls on April 5, 2011:

  • Polling Place On-site Accessibility Compliance Reviews Resume

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    Date: 
    April 1, 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
    I am pleased to announce that the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) is resuming the Polling Place On-site Accessibility Compliance Review initiative beginning with the April 5 Spring Election.
     
  • Information on the Canvass Process for the April 5, 2011 Election

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 4, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Adam Harvell, SVRS Trainer
    Information on the Canvass Process for the April 5, 2011 Election:
  • Madison Area (including the G.A.B.) Voicemail System Back Online

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    Date: 
    April 6, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson

    I am pleased to inform you that as of this Wednesday morning, the Madison Area Voicemail System is back online. We have been assured by the Wisconsin Department of Administration that the System is up and working. The resumption of service includes our agency, the Government Accountability Board.

  • Checklist III for the April Spring Election

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    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    April 6, 2011
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson

    This checklist covers post-Election Day activities. 

  • Considerations for your County Canvass and preparation for potential recount

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    April 6, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson

     

     

    DATE:         April 6, 2011`

  • UPDATE: Important Information about the status of the Statewide Supreme Court Race Recount Process

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    Date: 
    April 8, 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

    County and Municipal Clerks, in light of the revelation about the Waukesha County’s elections results on Thursday, you may be wondering whether we continue to anticipate that a Statewide recount for the Supreme Court Race is still on.  While that decision is one to be made by the candidates, our directive in the meantime is that our office and county clerks should continue to prepare for a Statewide recount until further notice.

  • SVRS 2011 Spring Survey

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 12, 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

    In an effort to maximize our resources and better serve our clerk-partners, once again we are surveying county and municipal clerks to determine the need for beginning and advanced SVRS training, including the absentee process.  If you or members of  your staff needs training, please complete and submit the online survey at the link below by April 20,  2011.

  • UPDATE #2: Status of the Statewide Supreme Court Race Recount Process

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 14, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson

     

    DATE:         April 14, 2011

  • Who Shoulders the Cost Burden for the Recount of a State Office?

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    Date: 
    April 18, 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

    All county canvasses have been received, and we wait to see if a petition for recount for the Office of Justice of the Supreme Court will be filed.  The deadline for filing a petition for recount is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  The candidate may petition for a recount in all wards in Wisconsin, or may select specific wards or municipalities to be recounted.  S. 9.01(1), 3., Wis.

  • UPDATE #3: Status of the Statewide Supreme Court Race Recount Process

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    Date: 
    April 19, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    A hearty thanks for your 100% response by last Friday as we requested.   Once again, we appreciate your patience.  I regret to inform you that we still do not know for certain whether there will be a recount of the Supreme Court race. 

  • UPDATE #4: Status of the Statewide Supreme Court Race Recount Process

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 20, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    IMPORTANT BREAKING NEWS!

    There will be a Statewide recount of the Supreme Court contest.

    The recount petition was filed in the Government Accountability Office
    at 3:46 p.m. this afternoon

    Additional information will be forthcoming.
    Thank you!

  • UPDATE #5: Status of the Statewide Supreme Court Race Recount Process

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 21, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    Preparations for the Monday, April 25, 2011 Teleconference Call Meeting 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    As part of the preparations for our Teleconference Call Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2011, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., we are providing you with the following information and materials:

    Toll Free Call-in Information:

  • UPDATE #6: Status of the Statewide Supreme Court Race Recount Process

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 22, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Preparations for the Monday, April 25, 2011 Teleconference Call Meeting
     

    As part of the preparations for our recount preparation Teleconference Call Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2011, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., we are providing you with the following information, materials, and request:

  • UPDATE #7: Status of the Statewide Supreme Court Race Recount Process

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 25, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Attached is the Recount Order issued by the Government Accountability Board related to the election for Supreme Court Justice.  We will provide additional follow-up information in an e-mail tomorrow as we discussed in the telephone conference this afternoon.  

    Thank you for your participation and the valuable questions and feedback you offered.

     

  • UPDATE #8: Follow Up to April 25, 2011 Teleconference and Recount Directives

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 26, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Please see the attached memorandum and revised Recount Plan.

  • UPDATE #9: Recount Reminders

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 28, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Thank you for your careful attention to detail during the recount process.  Statewide, the recount got off to a relatively smooth start yesterday.  Some questions arose, of course, regarding procedural and equipment issues, as well as decisions related to specific ballots.  That is the case in any recount and we are not aware of any unusual situations or controversies that your Boards of Canvassers were not able to resolve.  We appreciate that you, Board members, tabulators, and other assistants are being thorough and meticulous in completing your tasks.

  • Guidance on Revising Voter Participation Data in SVRS/GAB-190 after the Recount

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    Date: 
    April 28, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Please keep the 2011 Spring Election open in SVRS and be prepared

    to update SVRS and the GAB-190 with changes from the recount process.

    For the recount results, Clerks should enter data into SVRS and the GAB-190 as they always do, and complete all data entry by May 5, 30 days after the April 5 election. Due to the recount, SVRS users however, should leave the 2011 Spring Election open until after the recount is completed.

  • Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance Instructions

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 29, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist

    Voters eligible for the Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance have been marked as Active – Suspended in SVRS. On April 14, 2011, those voters eligible for the Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance were updated in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS).  These voters now have a status of “Active – Suspended (4 Years Notice).”  For the time being, those voters will show up on poll lists, and in all respects, function like any other Active voter.  

  • UPDATE #10: Recount Reminders

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 29, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    The G.A.B. thanks you for your hard work and attentiveness throughout the statewide recount. Below are some additional reminders as you proceed with the recount process.

    Adjusting SVRS and the GAB-190

    Please keep the 2011 Spring Election open in SVRS and be prepared to update SVRS and the GAB-190 with changes from the recount.

  • UPDATE #11: Recount Reminders

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    Date: 
    May 2, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    As of noon today, we have over 50 percent of the reporting units in the state that have completed their recount for the office of Supreme Court.  Thirty five counties have reported that they have finished their recount with many nearing completion.  The statewide recount has illustrated the dedication and hard work election officials have for the electoral process.  The G.A.B. thanks you for your commitment in ensuring accurate and verified recount results.

    Maintaining all Spring Election and Recount Election Returns

  • UPDATE #12: Recount Reminders

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    May 3, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    With the statewide recount now more than halfway complete, many Boards of Canvassers are working diligently to complete their county recount by the Monday, May 9, 2011 deadline.  The G.A.B. cannot stress enough our gratitude for the meticulous work you and your Canvass Board Members have demonstrated throughout this historic time.  Please see the following updates from the G.A.B. regarding the Supreme Court recount.

    Recount to be Complete by Monday, May 9, 2011

  • Preparing for 2012: Roundtable on Life Cycle of Voting Machines

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    Information Only
    Date: 
    May 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

    In preparation for the 2012 federal elections, US-EAC will host a roundtable all day Thursday, May 5, to discuss the life cycle of voting machines.

    See the agenda and details. This roundtable will be available live via webcast. An on-demand webcast will also be available within 24 hours.

  • Recall Elections Tentatively Set for Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - Counties Likely to Have a July 12 Recall Election

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    May 5, 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

    Barring any unforeseen court action, Tuesday, July 12, 2011 has been set for holding all recall elections.  The Government Accountability Board will meet on May 23 and May 31 to consider the sufficiency of recall petitions, and will make decisions accordingly.   If there is not a legal challenge to the Board’s decisions, recall elections could be held in the following counties on July 12:

  • Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance Webinars Scheduled

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    May 11, 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 discussed in previous communications, voters eligible for the Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance have been marked as Active – Suspended in SVRS.  Those voters were sent postcards on Friday, April 29th.  Municipal and county clerks have begun to receive postcards returned by the post office and by voters wishing to remain on the registration list.

  • Election Defense Alliance Open Records Request for Spring Election Materials

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    May 11, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Ross Hein, Elections Specialist

    We have received several requests for guidance regarding recent open records requests for the contents of removable memory devices for the voting systems used in the past Spring Election.  Additionally, the open records request includes election materials from the Spring Election.  It is our understanding that the guidance sought includes specifics on how to treat the requests, what to produce, and the mechanics of production.  Unfortunately, such guidance really is legal advice regarding the application of Wisconsin’s open records law found in Chapter 19, Wis.

  • State Write-In Absentee Ballot Information for Recall Elections

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    May 20, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    If certified by the Government Accountability Board, Recall Elections for certain State Senate districts will be scheduled for July 12, 2011 and many clerks have been inquiring about the transmission of the state write-in absentee ballot (SWAB).  Pursuant to §7.14(1)(cs), Wis. Stats., the SWAB must be transmitted “no later than the 90th day before the election, or as soon as possible after the offices to be contested at the election are known, whichever is later.”   

  • UPDATE #13: Retain April 5 Election Materials from Recount until Further Notice

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    May 24, 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

    In accordance with our Update #11: Recount Reminders, that was posted to our website on May 2, 2011, we requested the following:

  • Distribution of Cost Relative to Special Elections or Recall Elections for a State Office

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    Date: 
    May 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 anticipated state senate recall elections and at least one special election (Assembly District 48) coming up this summer, several county and municipal clerks have asked for clarification of distribution of costs for these elections.

    Section 5.68(2), Wis. Stats., provides that if no other level of government is involved in a school or special district election, whether occurring on a regularly-scheduled election day or not, the district calling the election shall pay for all costs of ballots, supplies, notices and other materials. 

  • State’s New Voter Photo ID Bill

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    May 27, 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.

     


     

  • UPDATE #14: Recount of Justice of the Supreme Court Contest Complete -- The Statewide Recount Decision will not be Appealed

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    June 1, 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 Kloppenburg Campaign announced on Tuesday, May 31, that they will not appeal the final statewide recount decision for the Supreme Court Contest.  The recount for Justice of the Supreme Court Contest is now complete. 

  • Status of Recall Elections

    Posted in
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    Date: 
    June 2, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    At two separate meetings, May 23 and May 31, 2011, the Government Accountability Board addressed the recall petitions for Senators Cowles, Darling, Harsdorf, Olsen, Hopper and Kapanke.  After hearing staff’s legal analysis and hearing challenges to the petitions, the Board directed staff to file the recall petitions and attach certificates of sufficiency on May 31, 2011, but no later than June 3, 2011. 

  • Elections Division / Ross Hein Appointed Campaign Finance and Elections Supervisor

    Posted in
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    Date: 
    June 3, 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

    Following an open and competitive recruitment and selection process, Director Kennedy and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Ross Hein as our new Elections Division’s Campaign Finance and Elections Supervisor, starting Monday, June 6, 2011.  Please join us in congratulating Ross and welcoming him to his new position, new challenges and new and exciting opportunities.  Ross succeeds Barbara Hansen who was the incumbent for twenty years, and retired from state government on January 3, 2011.

  • Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance Process Update: Inactivation of Voters Who Did Not Respond to Notice of Suspension of Registration

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    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

    IMPORTANT UPDATE!
    No Need for Action or Response!
    This Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance Update is For Your Information!

  • 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.

  • Status of Special and Recall Elections in SVRS

    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

    This memo is for clerks in these districts:

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

    Posted in
    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.

  • Milestone #3 Checked in SVRS for July 12, 2011 Primary Election

    Posted in
    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. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    Clerks in Senate Districts:
    #2 (Cowles),
    #14 (Olsen),
    #8 (Darling),
    #18 (Hopper),
    #10 (Harsdorf),
    #32 (Kapanke)

    Clerks in Omro School District
    Clerks in Assembly District #48
     

    The G.A.B. has checked Milestone #3 for the July 12, 2011 Primary Recall Elections July 12, 2011 Primary Special Election. Please read the full memo.

    Scheduled Primary Recall Elections for July 12

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

    Posted in
    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

    Posted in
    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. 

  • Milestone #3 Checked in SVRS for July 19, 2011 Primary Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    June 29, 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

     

    DATE:            June 28, 2011

  • Voter Photo Information Teleconference Call - Friendly Reminder

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    June 30, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Division Administrator

    Friendly Reminder:

    G.A.B. staff will be conducting a WisLine teleconference call today from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. to answer any questions county and municipal clerks may have regarding Wisconsin’s Photo ID Law and our newly posted information. Clerks without email were mailed these documents last week.  Please have the documents listed in the Voter ID Law Updates 2 & 3 printed out and available for reference.  Additional teleconference dates and times are available next week and posted here under Recent Clerk Communications. 

  • G.A.B.’s Extended Hours of Operations before, during and after the July 12, 2011 Recall and Special Elections

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    July 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

    Starting Monday, July 11, 2011, in addition to our regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), the G.A.B. is offering extended hours before, during and after the July 12, 2011 Recall and Special Elections so that your questions get answered about the new Voter Photo ID Law and your election-related needs get met   We encourage you not to wait until Election Day to contact us to get your questions answered.

    Our extended hours, including our regular hour are:

  • Guidance regarding Wisconsin Citizens for Election Protection request

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

    Municipal clerks in the senate districts conducting recall elections this summer have received a request from Attorney James Mueller on behalf of an organization called Wisconsin Citizens for Election Protection (WCEP), dated July 1, 2011.  Several clerks have requested guidance from the Government Accountability Board in responding to the request.  This memorandum provides the Board’s guidance and recommendations specifically for clerks currently conducting recall elections, but also for all municipalities which may receive similar inquiries in the future.

  • 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

    Posted in
    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

    Posted in
    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:

  • Polling Place On-site Accessibility Compliance Reviews

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    July 15, 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 is a second friendly reminder that the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) is continuing the Polling Place On-site Accessibility Compliance Review initiative for the Summer Recall and Special Elections.
     
    G.A.B. staff will be visiting select municipalities for the purpose of conducting new surveys to  determine that polling places comply with accessibility standards spelled-out in § 5.25(4)(a):

  • Milestone #3 Checked in SVRS for August 9, 2011 General Election in Districts Listed Below

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    July 19, 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: Clerks in Senate Districts: #2 (Cowles), #8 (Darling), #10 (Harsdorf) and Assembly District #48 (Seat Vacated by Parisi) 
     
    SUBJECT: Milestone #3 Checked in SVRS for August 9, 2011 General Election in Districts Listed Above
     
    The G.A.B. has checked Milestone #3 for the August 9, 2011 Recall Elections in State Senate Districts 2, 8, and 10, and the 2011 Recall Election for State Assembly District 48. Please read the full memo.
     
    Scheduled Recall Elections for August 9
      

  • Review of Minutes from the Recount of the State Supreme Court Justice Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    July 20, 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 part of the recount of the State Supreme Court Justice contest from the April 5, 2011 Spring Election, counties were required to take detailed minutes of the recount proceedings and submit them to the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.). In order to garner information from these minutes, the minutes collected from all 72 counties were reviewed and the incidents from the recount were compiled and summarized.  

  • Milestone #3 Checked in SVRS for August 9, 2011 Recall Election in the Senate Districts 18 and 32

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    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. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    To: Clerks in Senate Districts: #18 (Hopper), #32 (Kapanke)
     
    The G.A.B. has checked Milestone #3 for the August 9, 2011 Recall Elections in State Senate Districts 18 and 32. Please read the full memo.
     
    Scheduled Recall Elections for August 9
      

  • 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.

  • Milestone #3 Checked in SVRS for August 9, 2011 Recall Election in the Senate District 14

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    July 22, 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: Clerks in Senate Districts: #14 (Olsen)
     
    The G.A.B. has checked Milestone #3 for the August 9, 2011 Recall Election in State Senate District 14. Please read the full memo.
     
    Scheduled Recall Elections for August 9
     

  • Milestone #3 Checked in SVRS for August 16, 2011 Recall Election in the Senate District 12

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    July 27, 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. has checked Milestone #3 for the August 16, 2011 Recall Elections in State Senate District 12. Please read the full memo.
     
    Scheduled Recall Elections for August 16
     

  • Invitation to Pose Questions to United States Postal Service Representative

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    July 27, 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 Government Accountability Board staff will be scheduling a meeting with Dan Schneider, Mailing Solutions Specialist with the Lakeland District of the United States Postal Service (USPS), in the next few weeks.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss USPS services and issues with respect to election mail (cost, timely delivery, use of the Election Mail Logo, etc.) and identify methods to improve the absentee voting experience for voters and municipal clerks.

  • WCEP Requests Regarding August Elections

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    July 29, 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

    Several clerks involved in the August recall elections have requested guidance regarding an email communication from Attorney Jim Mueller on behalf of Wisconsin Citizens for Election Protection (WCEP).  The email includes statements asserting and implying that the statutory procedures for machine counting of ballots may be unreliable or insecure, statements which the Government Accountability Board strongly disputes.  Regarding the requests made by Attorney Mueller, the Board issues the following guidance and directives:

  • Caution Against Reliance on Third-Party Election Information

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    July 29, 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

    Several election officials have informed the Government Accountability Board of unauthorized third-party information such as “reference guides” on websites purporting to describe the required procedures for election officials.  For example, the “We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections” group has recently published four reference guides for observers to use that contained numerous significant and factual errors.  We advise that you and your election inspectors should NOT accept these guides as accurate or authoritative statements of Wisconsin

  • The G.A.B. has checked Milestone #3 for the August 16, 2011 Recall Elections in State Senate District 22

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    July 29, 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: Clerks in Senate Districts: #22 (Wirch)
     
    The G.A.B. has checked Milestone #3 for the August 16, 2011 Recall Elections in State Senate District 22. Please read the full memo.
     
    Scheduled Recall Elections for August 16
     
    County Clerks should check Milestone #3 after they verify that all contests and candidates appear correctly in the election. After verification, they should notify municipal self-provider clerks to do the same.

  • G.A.B.’s Extended Hours of Operations before, during and after the August 9 and the August 16, 2011 Recall and Special Elections

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    August 1, 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

    Extended Hours of Operations for the August 9, 2011 Recall and Special Elections

    Starting Monday, August 8, 2011, in addition to our regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), the G.A.B. is offering extended hours before, during and after the August 9, 2011 Recall and Special Elections so that your questions get answered about the new Voter Photo ID Law and your election-related needs get met   We encourage you not to wait until Election Day to contact us to get your questions answered.   Our extended hours, including our regular hours are:

  • 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: 

  • Election Defense Alliance Open Records Request Regarding Spring Election

    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

    In May 2011, many municipal and county clerks received a public records request from Jonathan Simon on behalf of an organization called Election Defense Alliance.  The correspondence requested copies of the memory devices and other records related to the April 5, 2011 Spring Election.  Mr. Simon recently informed us that he considered all such requests to be withdrawn and he was under the impression that he had made that decision clear to all clerks. 

  • G.A.B.’s Elections Division Staff Members in Mostly All-day Meeting Monday, Aug. 22

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    August 19, 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

    Dear Valued Clerk Customers/Partners,

    The G.A.B.’s Elections Division staff members will be holed up in a mostly all-day meeting on Monday, August 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon, and again from 1:30-4:00 p.m.  Please take this information into consideration for deciding if you need anything from us on Monday.

    Also, on Wednesday, August 24, several Elections Division staff members, led by Director Kennedy, will be attending the Wisconsin Municipal Clerk Association’s 31st Annual Conference that will be held in the Wisconsin Dells.

  • 2010 Census Secondary Language Requirements Data Delayed

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    August 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

    The Government Accountability Board has been informed by the U. S. Census Redistricting Data Office that the Secondary Language Requirements deadline for election related information may be delayed until late September or the first week of October of this year.  Initially, we were informed that municipalities would be notified (if required) by mid-August. 

  • 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.”

  • GAB-362 SVRS Clerk Contact Information Update Form

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    December 8, 2014
    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

    The Government Accountability Board needs your assistance in ensuring the clerk contact records we have in SVRS reflect our current municipal clerks and their contact information.

  • Clerks No Longer Required to use SVRS Full Absentee Module for 2012 Elections

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    September 13, 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

    Clerks in self-providing municipalities are not required to use the Full Absentee module to track their absentee electors for the 2012 spring and fall elections.  Effective today, this requirement is lifted until further notice.
     
    Background:  Last year,  in order to ensure compliance with the Federal M.O.V.E. Act, we determined that all  municipalities that use the Statewide Voter Registration System (i.e., self-providers) would begin using the system’s Full Absentee Module by November 2011 to track absentee electors. 

  • 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:

  • Requirement for Municipal Clerks to be Available on Wednesday, April 4 and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012 (Good Friday)

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    September 19, 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

    Municipal clerks and executive directors should take note of a new statutory requirement of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 that will require clerks to be available to accept proof of residence, proof of identification, and driver’s license numbers between Wednesday, April 4 and Friday, April 6, 2012, including Good Friday, April 6, 2012, which is the third day after the Spring Election. Pursuant to Sections 6.97(3)(b), Wis.

  • Watch US-EAC Live Webcast Sept. 20 on Contingency Planning in Elections

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    September 20, 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
     
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • U.S. Census Bureau – 2011 Secondary Language Requirements Determination

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    October 14, 2011
    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

    Pursuant to specifications in the Voting Rights Act as amended in July 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau released yesterday, Thursday October 13, 2011, a list of 248 jurisdictions across the nation that must provide language assistance during elections for groups who are unable to speak or understand English enough to participate in the electoral process.  As part of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act municipalities selected will be required to provide election materials in the required language. 

  • Public Information Brochures on the New Voter Photo ID Law

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    October 19, 2011
    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

    To assist municipal clerks in educating the public about the new Voter Photo ID Law and its major impacts, G.A.B. staff has begun to create 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. 

  • Appointment of Election Inspectors from Lists Submitted by Political Parties

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    November 4, 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

    Appointment of Election Inspectors from Lists Submitted by Political Parties
    Lists Must be Received by Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    December 31, 2011 marks the end of the current term of election inspectors (poll workers).  At a meeting in December, but not later than December 31, 2011, the municipal governing body shall appoint election inspectors for a two-year term which begins January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2013. 

  • Type A Notice of 2012 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote and Other Information

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    November 4, 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

    This memo contains information about the Type A Notice of the 2012 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote, the notification of noncandidacy deadline, and write-in absentee ballots for the Spring Election. 

    TYPE A NOTICE OF 2011 SPRING ELECTION AND PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE VOTE

  • 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:

  • 2011-2012 Calendar of Election Events Available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    November 16, 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 Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) traditionally provides each year in November a consolidated calendar of election administration events for local election officials to use to plan for the coming year.  Many of you have come to rely on this calendar as your definitive source for election information and deadlines.  This year the calendar was delayed due to pending legislation that made significant changes to the fall election schedule, SB-116.  At the time of this memo, this bill is on the Governor’s desk and is not yet signed.  In anticipation of this l

  • 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

  • Error Accessing Web Portal - Problem Fixed

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    November 30, 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

    Error Accessing Web Portal - Problem Fixed
        (For Reporting Possible Statewide 2012 Recall Election Cost Estimates)
        Unexpected Glitch Discovered and Resolved
           

    During our recently distributed memorandum in which we requested Municipal and County Clerks provide an estimated cost of an anticipated statewide recall election, we asked that this information be inputted into an easy and convenient accessible online web-portal format.

  • Wisconsin Act 75 Provisions and Mandates Changing the Partisan Primary and the Absentee Envelope

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    December 1, 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

    Today, December 1, 2011, Wisconsin Act 75 became law.  This legislation contains significant changes to election laws as well as changes to the election calendar.  Most notably the “September Primary” has been renamed the “Partisan Primary,” and has been set for the second Tuesday in August, or August 14, 2012.  Many of the changes relate to the requirements of the Federal M.O.V.E  Act, but the legislation also contains provisions relating to the absentee voting process, polling place location designation and other election occurrences. 

  • Training Survey -- 2012 Election Cycle

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    December 8, 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 we prepare for the 2012 election cycle, and in an effort to maximize our resources and better serve our clerk-partners, we are surveying county and municipal clerks to determine the need for Baseline Chief Inspector and Municipal Clerk Core training classes.  If you, your staff or your new chief inspectors need training, please complete and submit the online survey linked below by Friday, December 16, 2011.

  • Friendly Reminder: Request Regarding Estimated Costs of a 2012 Statewide Recall Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    November 28, 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

    If you have already responded,
    please disregard this Friendly Reminder!

    For those of you who have not yet responded, we ask that you please do so as soon as possible, no later than Friday, December 16, 2011

  • 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.

  • SVRS Training Survey -- 2012 Election Cycle **Still Open**

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    December 22, 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 we prepare for the 2012 election cycle, and in an effort to maximize our resources and better serve our clerk-partners, we are surveying county and municipal clerks to determine the need for SVRS beginning and advanced training early next year. 

  • 2011 Election Administration Achievements

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    December 30, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Kevin Kennedy, director, and Nathaniel E. Robinson, elections division administrator

    On behalf of members of the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) and our Elections Division staff, Nat Robinson and I wish you good health and prosperity during 2012!

    G.A.B. members asked that we share their heartfelt appreciation for your dedication and commitment that significantly contributed to our shared success throughout 2011, a year like no other in the state’s electoral history.

  • Changes to the Duration of Military and Overseas Electors’ Absentee Ballot Requests

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    January 4, 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

    Wisconsin 2011 Act 75 made changes to the duration of military and overseas electors’ absentee ballot requests. A military elector may no longer receive absentee ballots permanently. Instead a military elector may request absentee ballots for all elections only within the calendar year in which the request was made.

  • Ballot Order for Primary and Election -- THIS IS NOT A CERTIFICATION!

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    January 10, 2012
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist

    The Board will not formally certify candidates until its meeting on January 12, 2012.  However, no changes in the ballot order documents is expected.  The exception is the challenge referenced below.*

    BALLOT ORDER

    To assist in the ballot preparation process,  primary ballot order for counties which have circuit court primaries (Dane, Kenosha, Menominee, Milwaukee Oneida, Rock, Shawano), and election ballot order for offices not requiring a primary are available as attachments (above) to this memo.

    *CHALLENGE

  • Municipal Special Registration Deputies Who register voters during open registration ** term of SRD corrected **

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    January 12, 2012
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    Update - term of SRD corrected below 

  • 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

  • List of Reported Multi-Jurisdiction Judge and School District Primaries

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    January 24, 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

    Below is a list of the multi-jurisdictional and school district primaries. If you have a primary for either of these two offices in your municipality, please check that those offices in your municipality show up on the list below. The easiest way to do this is to check in SVRS. Please verify the contests and candidates are correct in the 2012 Spring Primary for each school district contest and multi-jurisdictional judge contest.

    Multi-Jurisdictional Judge Primary Races

    •    LAKE COUNTRY MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL JUDGE
     

  • 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.

  • Wisconsin Act 23, the Voter Photo ID Law SVRS Features Installed / All SVRS Users Request Your Immediate Attention

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 27, 2012
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson

    SVRS (version 8.1) was installed on Thursday, January 26, 2012.  The SVRS now contains features required by Wisconsin Act 23, the Voter Photo ID Law.

  • Ineligible Voter List for the February 21, 2012 Spring Primary

    Posted in
    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

    The Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.), Elections Division is providing an Ineligible Voter List only to the municipalities that will conduct a February 21, 2012 Spring Primary. 

    If you do not have a Spring Primary please read the “Special Note” below announcing that starting with the April 3, 2012 Presidential Preference and Spring Election, an online version of Ineligible Voter Lists will replace the printed versions that we currently distribute. 

    Municipalities conducting a Spring Primary will be sent the following:

  • 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.

  • Certification of Nomination in Ballot Order for April 3, 2012 Presidential Preference Vote - Presidential Only Ballots

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    February 3, 2012
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist

    On January 3, 2012 the Presidential Preference Selection Committee met to select candidates for the Presidential Preference Vote.  Eight candidates were initially selected (1 Democrat and 7 Republicans).  As permitted by law, one Republican candidate filed a disclaimer with the Government Accountability Board by January 31, 2012, to withdraw his name from the Presidential Preference Ballot.  The Certificate of Nomination for Presidential Preference Vote, in ballot order, is included with this memorandum.  Note:  The party order is Republican first, followed by Democ

  • 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.

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