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2012 Federal Consent Decree Regarding Wisconsin’s Compliance with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act

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Priority: 
Timely Attention Required
Date: 
March 23, 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
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2012 UOCAVA Consent Decree Impact Memo.pdf55.59 KB
2012 UOCAVA Ballot Counting Procedure.pdf45.81 KB

Today, the federal court for the Western District of Wisconsin entered an order based upon the admitted failure of several municipalities across the state to transmit absentee ballots to military and overseas electors in a timely manner as required by federal law. The order is a consent decree reached by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Government Accountability Board, with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The approved court order is designed to ensure that military and overseas electors will have sufficient time to receive and transmit absentee ballots. The Government Accountability Board has been in discussions with the U.S. DOJ to reach an agreement that would satisfy its concerns and also create a solution that could be realistically achieved by state and local election officials.

Please see that full memorandum and instructions, attached above.