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Clerk Concerns Task Force

Introduction

In August 2012, Green County Clerk Mike Doyle, State Representative Howard Marklein, and Wisconsin Counties Association Executive Director Mark O’Connell met with representatives from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to express their concerns regarding the election administration workload and its effects on county clerks. During that meeting, Clerk Doyle also shared with the Government Accountability Board staff a letter from the Executive Board of the Wisconsin County Clerks Association that expressed similar concerns along with survey results detailing the challenges facing county clerks across Wisconsin regarding election administration.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board formed an Clerk Workload Concerns Task Force to respond to concerns raised by election officials regarding the increasing workload associated with the administration of elections.  The task force has met several times and discussed municipal and county clerk elections workloads and how the G.A.B. can work with them and other partner organizations to alleviate the burdens of election administration. The members of this group may also collaborate on joint legislative recommendations to promote effective election administration.

Information about the task force and its meetings is below.

SVRS MOU Survey Results

As part of our efforts to implement the recommendations of the Clerk Concerns Task Force, Government Accountability Board staff recently sent out a survey to all SVRS service providers.  This survey requested information on the terms of any Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) the provider may have with their relier municipalities. 

We received responses from 64 providers (79 percent response rate) and are fairly confident that our survey captures a representative sample of the kinds of SVRS arrangements currently in place across Wisconsin. 

For easier review, G.A.B. staff have created a summary that gives a high-level view of some of the most pertinent data for clerks such as common pricing structures, MOU durations, termination provisions, and renewal options.  It is our hope that in sharing this data it will inform your future MOU negotiations and help you develop better MOUs with your provider/reliers. 

G.A.B. staff continue to work on developing template MOUs based on this data that will provide more flexibility and can be easily customized to meet your desired level of SVRS service.

Please see the attachment below for results.

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MOU Survey Summary.pdf64.39 KB
MOU Survey Combined Summary.xlsx21.74 KB