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Reposting of Previous Memo with Respect to Clerk Duties on Statutory Deadline Days

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Priority: 
Timely Attention Required
Date: 
January 24, 2013
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
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We are re-issuing the attached guidance due to inquiries we continue to receive regarding municipal clerk’s availability to voters on Good Friday, March 29, 2013, the Friday before the Spring Election.  Wisconsin law requires municipal clerk offices to be open, or the clerk to otherwise be available, on statutory deadline days up to the time stated by statute.  We understand that some clerks are considering alternatives to being open on Good Friday, and possibly planning to make up for being closed on that day by extending absentee voting over the weekend or into the following Monday.  Please review the attached memo from November 20, 2012, and note the following:

  • There is no exemption from statutory deadlines on days which are not designated as State holidays. 
  • Municipal clerks who do not comply with the statutory deadlines risk an elector filing a complaint with the G.A.B. and a finding that the clerk is acting contrary to election laws.
  •  It is not an option to extend the in-person absentee voting deadline in place of being available on the last day of in-person absentee voting.

If you have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 608-261-2028 or gab@wi.gov