Continuing Wisconsin's Tradition of Clean and Open Government
Wednesday, June 29 was the last day of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. On Thursday, June 30, the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the Wisconsin Ethics Commission begin operations.
The Board and the Commissions have planned for a seemless transition between the agencies designed to ensure continuity in customer service. Most staff members, phone numbers, email addresses, and program websites will not change. The G.A.B. website will remain online as a resource and historical document.
Visit the new commissions' websites:
The Partisan Primary will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Offices on the ballot are U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, even-numbered Wisconsin State Senate seats, all Wisconsin Assembly seats, and all District Attorneys. Independent candidates names do not appear on the Partisan Primary ballot, but will be on the ballot in November.
For information about candidates on the ballot in August, please see attachments below.
|Candidates on Ballot Aug 9 Partisan Primary (after Assembly 11 challenge).pdf||116.27 KB|
|2016 Partisan Primary Candidate Contact Information.xlsx||74.14 KB|
At myvote.wi.gov you can register to vote, check your voter registration status, find your polling place, see what's on your ballot, request an absentee ballot (military and permanent overseas voters only), and check provisional ballot status.
The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the photo ID provisions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23. A photo ID is now required to receive a ballot in all special and regular elections. Learn more about photo ID and voting here, and visit the Bring It to the Ballot website.
The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles has a new policy to help people get a free state ID card.
Answers to questions about how to register, where to vote, when to vote absentee, and much more.
Recent G.A.B. Testimony
G.A.B. Director Kevin Kennedy and other agency officials have testified recently at several legislative hearings:
|Analysis of Assembly Bill 388 Relating to Restructuring the Government Accountability Board||November 18, 2015|
|Supplemental Testimony on G.A.B. Restructuring Bill||October 27, 2015|
|Testimony on Online Voter Registration||October 13, 2015|
|Brian Bell Selected as Ethics Commission Administrator||July 11, 2016|
|Ethics Commission Administrator Hiring Update||June 28, 2016|
|Filing Deadline Extended for Assembly District 11 and Waupaca County District Attorney||June 2, 2016|
|Candidates File to Run for Office||June 1, 2016|
|Mike Haas Selected as Elections Commission Administrator||May 13, 2016|
Transition to Elections and Ethics Commissions -- Learn more about how the G.A.B. is transitioning to separate commissions on elections and ethics.
Election Results -- See results for all elections going back to the year 2000.
Election Statistics -- View and download data on voter turnout, voter registration and election costs.
Eye on Lobbying-- Track lobbyists' activities on our redesigned lobbying database website.
Statements of Economic Interests -- Search for financial relationships.
On Friday, January 30, 2015, U.S. District Judge Charles N. Clevert, Jr. entered declaratory judgment and a permanent injunction following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. v. Barland, 751 F.3d 804 (7th Cir. 2014) (“Barland II”). Pursuant to the district court’s order, attached below are the Barland I and Barland II opinions and the district court’s January 30, 2015, order.
Accessibility Information for Voters -- registering to vote, voting equipment, absentee voting, curbside voting and a video about accessibility and voting.
Accessibility Information for Clerks -- legal requirements for accessible voting, assisting voters with disabilities, polling place setup, and deciding on new polling places.
2014-2015 Accessibility Report -- describes impediments to voting encountered by elderly voters and voters with disabilities who seek to participate in elections.
|Photo ID Litigation – Court Order Requiring Implementation of Affidavit Option in Lieu of Photo ID||July 20, 2016|
|Preparing for the August Partisan Primary Webinar||July 18, 2016|
|Webinar: WisVote 101||July 11, 2016|
|BADGER Voters Absentee Ballot Subscription Service||July 5, 2016|
|Recent Updates to WisVote||July 5, 2016|