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El. Bd. Op. 1976-09

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Municipal clerks may not leave off the name of the ward when having ballots printed. Candidates may elect not to use their first or middle initials on nomination papers or on ballots. Designations such as “Sr.,” “Jr.,” or “III” may be used on nomination papers or on ballots. (Issued to Harold C. Dobberpuhl, April 21, 1976)

This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was reaffirmed on May 5, 2008. The G.A.B. directed an annotation be added alerting the public that statutory changes subsequent to the opinion’s issuance have superseded the portions of the opinion relating to adding the ward number to ballots after they have been printed. 1985 Wisconsin Act 304. Section 5.55, Stats., now explicitly permits stamping or writing the ward number on ballots after they have been printed. With the addition of the afore-noted annotation, the opinion below fully incorporates the revisions directed by the G.A.B.