DATE: June 13, 2012
TO: Wisconsin County Clerks
Milwaukee County Elections Commission
FROM: Nathaniel E. Robinson
Election Division Administrator
SUBJECT: Friendly Reminder on Partisan Primary Ballot Deadlines
The G.A.B. sent out the first survey to municipal clerks as part of the 2012 Consent Decree on June 1, 2012. Some municipal clerks have reported concerns that their county clerks will not deliver ballots to them by the required deadline for the 2012 August Partisan Primary. This email is a reminder to county clerks about the deadline for delivering ballots to municipal clerks on or before June 27, 2012.
2011 Wisconsin Act 75 made changes to the timeframe for the General Election cycle. This included changing the Partisan Primary to the second Tuesday in August and requires County Clerks to deliver ballots to municipal clerks by the 48th day before the Partisan Primary and the General Election.
The 48th day before the August Partisan Primary is Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The G.A.B. knows that part of the Wisconsin County Clerk’s Association Summer Conference is scheduled on this day and that this may be a common time for employees to be on vacation. County Clerks need to ensure that ballots will be delivered on June 27th even if they will be absent from their office. Please mark this date on your calendar as this task is crucial to ensuring Wisconsin’s 100% compliance with federal law and the federal court consent decree.
2012 Consent Decree: As a part of the 2012 Consent Decree County clerks are required to certify that they delivered ballots to municipal clerks by June 27, 2012. County Clerks will be sent an email from the G.A.B. on June 27, 2012 asking them to certify that they delivered ballots. County clerks will have to respond to this email by June 28, 2012 to meet the certification requirements.
Please contact the G.A.B. Help Desk at 608-261-2028 or GABHelpDesk@wi.gov if you have any questions.