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  • Newly Revised GAB-190 Posted on the Election’s Division Website

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 12, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Preparations for the 2010 Election Season have already begun. Based on the excellent feedback received from you, our valued customers and partners, we have made changes to the GAB-190 Post Election Statistics and Reporting Form to improve clarity and completeness of voter participation information. The changes can be found on both the GAB-190 Form and the GAB-190 Help Guide, both of which are posted on our website.

  • Survey: Elections Division’s Extended Hours for Providing Election Assistance

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 15, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    For an off-year election season, 2009 sure was busy! Working together with you, our valued customers and partners, we accomplished a lot including engaging you in meaningful dialogue regarding early voting, communications, training, SVRS and the development of our 5-year, visionary and bold 2009-2014 Election Administration Plan, to name a few initiatives. We are in the process of preparing a list of our most strategic and noteworthy 2009 achievements and will soon share that list with you.

  • The State has set up the 2010 Spring Primary in SVRS

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 8, 2010
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Please note that this is the first of three High Priority e-mails from us. The second, regarding Voter Matching in SVRS, will follow next week; however, it is posted on the Elections Division web site on the Recent Clerk Communications page. A third High Priority e-mail regarding School Districts closing polling places will also be sent to you next week, though it is also on the web site now.
    The 2010 Spring Primary (in SVRS) is now ready for engagement.

  • The February 16, 2010, Spring Primary | G.A.B.’s Extended Operating Hours

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    February 8, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Thanks to all of you (800) who responded to our online survey on which G.A.B. extended operating hours before, during and after elections would best meet your needs. We were pleasantly surprised by so many responses that indicated no additional or expanded hours were needed, outside of G.A.B.’s normal hours of operation of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Update on Early Voting

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    February 3, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Many of you have inquired about the status of the Early Voting Report adopted and modified by the Government Accountability Board during its December 17, 2009, meeting. The purpose of this correspondence is to give you an update.

     

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2010, Primary Election Court of Appeals Race in District IV

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    February 19, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    On Wednesday, February 17, you received a phone call from Election Specialist Ross Hein regarding the potential for a recount of the Court of Appeals District IV primary election. Based upon our survey of the 24 counties involved, the unofficial results indicate a 182-vote difference between Edward Leineweber and Ramona Gonzalez with a total of 54,036 votes cast. The unofficial results have been posted on our website at:
    http://elections.state.wi.us/subcategory.asp?linksubcatid=3341&linkcatid....

  • Clerks’ Responsibilities on Absentee Voting Deadline Days

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    March 15, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Please see attached memo.

  • Protocol for Improving the Accuracy and Consistency of Responses from Elections Division Staff

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 16, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Please see attached memos.

  • Memo Regarding Voter Initiated Photo I.D. Requirement

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    March 18, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    The Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) has received inquiries regarding an optional “Photo ID” requirement at the request of any elector. 

    Currently, the law does not authorize nor require optional voter identification for each and every election, once an elector is properly registered. 

  • The April 6, 2010 Spring Election G.A.B.’s Extended Operating Hours

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    March 17, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    The G.A.B.’s extended hours of operation for the April 6, 2010 Spring Election are as follows:

    Extended Operating Hours During the Week of March 28 – April 3, 2010

    § Wednesday, March 31, 2010: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    § Thursday, April 1, 2010: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    § Friday, April 2, 2010: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    § Saturday, April 3, 2010: 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
     

  • ES&S and Premier Divestiture: U.S.A., et al. v. ES&S

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    March 10, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    In September 2009, Election Systems and Software, Inc. announced the acquisition of Premier Election Solutions, Inc. 

  • GAB Canvass Reporting System announcement

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    May 21, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Many of you have heard about the Government Accountability Board’s (G.A.B.) prototype Canvass Reporting System that is designed to make the canvass reporting process more efficient and accurate through the application of the latest technology.

    On Thursday, May 13, 2010, in Madison, Board staff previewed the prototype for a group that included 15 County Clerks. We solicited their reactions and comments, as well as their ideas for additional features for the system.

  • Training classes available in Madison if needed before the April election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    March 2, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Division Training Coordinator

    Board staff recently completed a multi-week training series for Baseline Chief Inspector training, Municipal Clerk Core training and SVRS Application and Election Management training. If you need this type of training prior to the April election, we have scheduled the following classes in Madison this month:
    SVRS Application and Election Management training, March 17 & 18 from 8 am – 5 pm (class time varies):

  • A More Detailed Cost of Elections Document

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    February 2, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist

    A number of questions have arisen lately with respect to financial responsibility for various election-related supplies and procedures. The Elections Specialists, our staff attorneys and the Division Administrator met to try to address county and municipal clerk questions and concerns. This memo addresses supply categories most asked about. Following each category is an explanation of the statutory rationale that dictates the financial responsibility for the category.

  • New Military and Overseas Write-In Ballots

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    May 10, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson

    New Military and Overseas Write-In Ballots for Fall Primary and General Elections are now posted here.

    GAB-242

    GAB-243

    GAB-244

    GAB-245

  • Type A Notice for Fall 2010 Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    May 10, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Elections Division Staff

    This email includes information useful to you in preparing for the upcoming partisan primary and general election.

  • Revised Absentee Ballot Certificate

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    May 11, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson

    As you may know, the Voter Protection Act (AB 895) included many initiatives that would have impacted election officials both. One of the initiatives included in the bill addressed streamlining absentee voting by eliminating the documents a voter is required to complete when voting absentee in person in the office of the municipal clerk. Although the bill did not pass before the legislature adjourned, G.A.B. staff and an ad hoc committee of municipal and county clerks convened on Thursday, May 6, 2010 to discuss how this streamlining could still occur without legislative action.

  • G.A.B. Training Surveys

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    May 13, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson

    In an effort to maximize our resources and better serve our clerk-partners, we are surveying county and municipal clerks to determine who needs Baseline Chief Inspector, Municipal Clerk Core and beginning and advanced SVRS training prior to the fall elections. If you, your staff or your new chief inspectors need training, please complete and submit the appropriate online survey(s) at the links below. Please complete the survey the date indicated on the introductory page of the survey.

  • Web-Based Election Training System (WBETS) Maintenance of system is complete

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    June 1, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    The Government Accountability Board has completed server maintenance on the WBETS site and it’s again available for clerks to use. 

    The new URL is: electiontraining.gab.wi.gov.  Please bookmark the new site and delete the site’s former URL:  electiontraining.wiscnet.net.  

    Please contact the G.A.B. Help Desk if you would like access to the training site or have any questions:  gabhelpdesk@wi.gov or (608) 261-2028. 

  • Important Information for Clerks about the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    June 3, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    I am writing to update you on what we are doing to implement the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act that is commonly referred to simply as MOVE.  MOVE is an amendment to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and was designed to address a number of problems experienced by overseas absentee voting.  Key among those problems is that military and overseas voters are disenfranchised by lengthy mailing delays.  The MOVE Act requires state and local election officials to take a number of steps to address these problems.

  • Revised Retention Policy -- Electronic Election Data

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    June 9, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    On May 18, 2010 Governor Doyle signed into law 2009 Wisconsin Act 397. This Act revises §7.23, Wis. Stats., and exempts municipalities from electronic data retention requirements for tabulating equipment for electronic voting systems approved by the Government Accountability Board for use prior to January 1, 2009, but only for state and local elections.

  • Reminders: Notifications of Noncandidacy/Military and Overseas Write-in Ballots

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    June 11, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist

    Notification of Noncandidacy (GAB-163 – County Clerks)

  • 2010 Summer Training Schedules

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    July 1, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    G.A.B. Help Desk
    • Based on the results of the training survey distributed to all county and municipal clerks in May, the G.A.B. Elections Division has scheduled Baseline Chief Inspector and Municipal Clerk Core training classes in a variety of locations from August to early September in preparation for the fall 2010 elections.
    • We would appreciate county clerks informing any municipal clerks who do not have email of training classes in their respective areas.
    • Please click on the links below to access the training schedules:
  • Revised Important Information about SVRS and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    July 12, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Background

    This memo covers the changes that will be made to the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS), and the new procedures counties and municipalities must follow to track absentee ballots in SVRS.  Every SVRS user must use one of the procedures described below to begin tracking military and overseas absentee ballots by August 4, 2010, the deadline for sending state write-in ballots for the November 2010 election.

  • Combination Certificate Envelope/Application for Absentee Ballot

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    July 16, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    It has come to our attention that there is confusion among clerks as to the purpose and use of the new combination Certificate Envelope/Application.

  • New GAB-190 Fillable Forms Available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    July 20, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
    • The GAB-190 forms for the 2010 September Partisan Primary and November General Election have been posted to the Election Administration Forms section of the G.A.B. website.
    • The questions have not been changed from the Spring Election form, but the dates have been updated to reflect the appropriate election.
  • 2010 Partisan Primary Election SVRS Election Checklist I

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    July 23, 2010
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    The 2010 Partisan Primary Election (in SVRS) is now ready for engagement.

     

  • NEW Checklist I is now available for the November 2010 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    July 29, 2010
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
    • The November 2, 2010 General Election is now created in SVRS. Counties and municipalities can begin inheriting the 2010 General Election.
    • All current military and overseas absentee electors need to have a state write-in ballot sent to them by August 4, 2010.  All new military and overseas absentee ballot requests need to be sent a state write-in ballot within 24 hours of receipt until the official ballots are delivered.  
  • Survey for Clerks about Communications and Elections

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    August 9, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    I am writing to you to ask that you participate in an online survey dealing with the following three topics: 

  • 2010-2011 Conducting Local Elections WisLine Program schedule available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    August 13, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Training Coordinator

    The 2010-2011 Conducting Local Elections WisLine Program schedule and registration information is available on the University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Center website.

  • Pronunciation Guide for the September 14, 2010, Partisan Primary

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    August 16, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    It has come to our attention through voting equipment vendors as well as county clerks, that the Pronunciation Guide for the September 14, 2010, Partisan Primary contains minor pronunciation errors. 

  • September 14, 2010 Partisan Primary G.A.B.’s Extended Operating Hours

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    August 17, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    In response to our online survey on which G.A.B. extended operating hours before, during and after elections would best meet your needs, I am pleased to announce our extended hours of operation, outside of the G.A.B.’s normal hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for the upcoming September 14, 2010 Partisan Primary.

    The G.A.B.’s hours of operation for the September 14, 2010 Partisan Primary are as follows:

    Extended Operating Hours During the Week of September 5 - 11, 2010

  • Guidance on Two Issues Concerning Military Write-In Ballots

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    August 18, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Government Accountability Board Staff

    Two questions with respect to Military Electors have been brought to our attention. We appreciate the confusion when reading and trying to interpret statues that seem to conflict. Government Accountability Board Staff has reviewed the applicable statutes and is issuing formal guidance outlined below.

    Question 1 – Should all military electors who have requested an absentee ballot be sent a write-in ballot regardless of whether they are stationed in-country or overseas?

  • Guidance Regarding Voter Data Requests

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    August 26, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
    • The attached memo responds to clerks' requests for guidance regarding a voter data request from the Republican  Party of Wisconsin.    
    • Municipalities must respond to the request by providing the names and identification numbers of absentee voters for the November election, applying charges as outlined in the memorandum.  The G.A.B. is not responding to requests submitted to municipalities.
    • Municipalities are not required to treat the request as a continuing request, but may do so if they wish.

  • G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System Protocol

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    August 31, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    The new Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) Canvass Reporting System Prototype that was unveiled at the Wisconsin County Clerks Association’s 105th Annual Training Symposium on June 22, 2010, will be completed for clerks in time to be used for the 2010 Fall Election Cycle.  The migration of the canvass process to a web-based, online platform will significantly improve Board staff’s administrative efficiency and effectiveness.  It is anticipated that this new canvass system will improve accuracy, counties’ Boards of Canvassers administrative processes, and it

  • Training Opportunities for the G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    August 31, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    I am pleased to announce training opportunities for the use of the G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System.  This is the new system that was demonstrated at the County Clerk Conference in June 2010.  Since we met with you during your 105th Annual Training Symposium on June 22, based on clerks feedback, the G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System development team has been busy making and testing refinements to the system. 

  • Impact of Likely U.S. Department of Justice Lawsuit on Wisconsin Election Officials Compliance with the MOVE Act

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 2, 2010
    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

    For all that you do to make sure voters maintain their rights to cast their votes and have them counted, for all you do to ensure Wisconsin’s elections are conducted in an open, fair and transparent manner with the highest possible integrity, we salute you and we thank you.

  • Checklist II for the September 2010 Partisan Primary

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 8, 2010
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

    Checklist II for the September Partisan Primary is now available, and is attached at the bottom of this memo. This checklist covers activities from the close of registration through the Partisan Primary Election Day.
     

  • Order to Preserve Election Records from 2008 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 9, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Michael R. Haas, Staff Counsel, Government Accountability Board

    The Government Accountability Board has issued an order to preserve certain election records from the November 2008 General Election which is attached below.  This order does not affect the destruction of ballots from that election, and does not affect your preparation for the September Partisan Primary.

  • Friendly Reminder – Reiteration of Basic Polling Place Behavior -- 2010 September 14 Partisan Primary and November 2 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    September 10, 2010
    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

    As public rhetoric increases about voter fraud, intimidation, discrimination, and rumors we are hearing about some individuals' intent to challenge electors during the September Primary and the November General Election based on non-statutory grounds, we have been asked by Legislators and other organizations to reiterate the law and guidance regarding challenges and to ensure the orderly administration of elections within the polling place. 

  • Friendly Reminder - September 14, 2010 Partisan Primary Canvass

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    September 10, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections division administrator

    We are excited about the new Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) Canvass Reporting System and based on feedback received from you, you are too!  As you prepare to complete the September 14 Partisan Primary Canvass and use the new system to report your canvass results to us, we encourage you to explore the system now so you are familiar with it, and if you discover problems, we can resolve them expeditiously.

  • Request Copies for Inspectors’ Statements (GAB-104 Forms) 2010 September 14 Partisan Primary and November 2 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    September 10, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections division administrator

    I am writing to request that you send copies of your Inspectors’ Statements (GAB-104 Forms) that will be completed during the 2010 September 14 Partisan Primary by October 8, and the November 2 General Election by November 19.  We ask that you invoice us for copying and mailing fees.

  • Friendly Reminder – September 14, 2010 Partisan Primary Canvass

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 14, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinson
    To:                  All County Clerks
                            Milwaukee County Board of Election Commissioners
     
  • Changes in Processing Military and Overseas Voters

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 15, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Today, we were informed that the federal court for the Western District of Wisconsin entered an order to resolve the lawsuit based upon a consent decree reached by U.S. Department of Justice and the Board, with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The approved court order is designed to ensure that military and overseas voters will have more time to receive and transmit absentee ballots than is allowed under existing state statutes. The Government Accountability Board has been in discussions with the U.S.

  • September 14, 2010 Partisan Primary In Process (A Dynamic Running Tally)

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    September 20, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Congratulations and hearty thanks to the early users of the new G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System!  As of Monday, September 20, all 72 counties County Clerks are currently using the new G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System.  

  • Guidance to Municipal Clerks for MOVE Act Compliance for the 2010 November 2, 2010 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 16, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Yesterday, the Federal court for the Western District of Wisconsin entered an order to resolve the lawsuit based upon a MOVE Act consent decree reached by U.S. DOJ and the Board, with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  We sent a copy of the signed order to you last evening.

  • Guidance to County Clerks for MOVE Act Compliance for the 2010 November 2, 2010 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 17, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Wednesday, the Federal court for the Western District of Wisconsin entered an order to resolve the lawsuit based upon a MOVE Act consent decree reached by U.S. DOJ and the Board, with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  We sent a copy of the signed order to you Wednesday evening.

  • Training classes available in Madison if needed before the November election (certain classes cancelled)

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    September 17, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Division Training Coordinator

    Board staff recently completed a multi-week training series for Baseline Chief Inspector training, Municipal Clerk Core training and SVRS Beginning and Advanced training classes.  If you need this type of training prior to the November election, we have scheduled the following classes in the Government Accountability Board office in Madison during October:

  • Military Amendment to County Canvass ACTION REQUESTED

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 21, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator / Katie Mueller, MOVE Act Specialist

    As you are now aware, due to the federal MOVE Act consent decree, official ballots must be distributed to military and overseas electors by October 1, 2010.  As such, canvass procedures for the September 2010 Partisan Primary are being accelerated.  This means that the Military Amendment procedures must be completed by close of business on Wednesday, September 22nd. 

  • GAB-190 Supplemental Form now available on G.A.B. Website / Required for 2010 November General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    September 23, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator / Katie Mueller, MOVE Act Specialist

    The MOVE Act consent decree requires the Government Accountability Board to report a series of statistics regarding military and overseas electors following the 2010 November General Election.  Several of these statistics will be tracked in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) and on the GAB-190; however there are several statistics that are not captured with current G.A.B. reporting. 

  • G.A.B. Staff has checked Milestone #3 - New Checklist II for the November General Election now Available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 27, 2010
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    The New Checklist II for the November General Election is now available on the G.A.B. website, and is attached below.  This Checklist covers activities from the checking of Milestone 3 through the close of registration.

  • Voter Status Updated in SVRS for Undeliverable DMV Ping Letters - Retroactive HAVA Check Project

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    September 27, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Approximately 16,000 voter records in SVRS were updated this weekend to reflect a Status Reason of Active – Suspended (30 Day Notice).  This update was made in preparation for Government Accountability Board staff to send 30 Day Notice letters to voters who were mailed a DMV Ping Letter as part of the Retroactive HAVA Check project, but the letters were returned as undeliverable.  The letters are being generated in accordance with statutory standards delineated in §6.50(3) Wis. Stats.

  • Ineligible Voter Lists for the November 2010 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 29, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    By October 1, 2010 you should receive copies of the Ineligible Voter Lists for you to distribute to the municipal clerks in your county.  The Cities of Madison and Milwaukee will receive their lists directly.

  • Friendly Reminder: All Military and Overseas Electors must be sent an Official Ballot no later than Friday, October 1, 2010

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    September 30, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator / Katie Mueller, MOVE Act Specialist

     

  • November 2010 Pronunciation Guide is Available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    October 5, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    •    The pronunciation guide for the 11/2/10 Election is available, and attached below.

    •    The guide has also been sent to Dominion, ES&S, and Command Central

    •    If you have questions, please contact Diane Lowe at 608-266-3276 or diane.lowe@wi.gov

    Thank you.
     

  • Oct. 12 and 14 SVRS Absentee Process training classes cancelled

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    October 11, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Training Coordinator

    The following SVRS Absentee Process training classes in Madison have been cancelled due to low enrollment: 

    • October 12, 8 am – noon.
    • October 14, 8 am – noon and 1 pm – 5 pm.

    The class scheduled for Oct. 12 from 1 pm – 5 pm. is still on.

  • 30 Day Notice Letters Mailed Today - Retroactive HAVA Check Project

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    October 11, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    I am writing to give you an update on the voters who were sent a DMV Ping Letter, and whose letter was returned as undeliverable. 

    30 Day Notice letters were mailed October 7, 2010 to 12,780 voters from the Retroactive HAVA Check project.. These voters were mailed a DMV Ping Letter but it was returned as undeliverable.  The letter asks the voter to respond within 30 days if they would like to remain registered at their current address. 

  • Registered Write-in Candidates for November 2, 2010 Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    October 13, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    The following candidates have registered as write-in candidates for the November 2, 2010 Election.  The Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) will continue to monitor and track registration of write-in candidates.  An updated list will be forwarded on October 29th and, if necessary, again on November 1st.  G.A.B. staff will enter names of state and federal write-in candidates in the Canvass Reporting System.

    County Clerks:

  • Please Wait to Print Poll Books

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    October 18, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    • The open registration postmark deadline for the November 2 General Election was October 13.
    • The GAB has today finished sending all applications timely received in our office as of October 15.  Some validly postmarked applications may continue to trickle in this week.  We will send you all applications we receive as quickly as possible.
    • If possible, please hold off on printing your poll books so as to include this last batch of valid by-mail registrations.
       
  • Sample write-in absentee ballots available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    October 18, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    • Sample write-in absentee ballots for the 2011 Spring Primary and Spring Election (GAB-232 – GAB-240) are available. 
    • Find them here: http://gab.wi.gov/forms/ballots
  • G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System Protocol for the November 2, 2010 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    October 20, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    For reporting election results for the September 14, 2010 Partisan Primary canvass, county clerks used the new electronic G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System.  On October 11, 2010, the Board voted unanimously to adopt this system for the submission of the November 2, 2010 General Election canvass results and for reporting subsequent canvass results.

  • Extended Hours of Operations for the November 2, 2010 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    October 21, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Starting Monday, October 25, 2010, in addition to our regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), the G.A.B. is offering extended hours before, during and after the November 2, 2010 General Election so that your questions get answered and your needs get met. 

    Our extended hours, including our regular hour are:

  • Guidance to Municipal Clerks on Processing and Counting Military and Overseas Absentee Ballots for the 2010 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    October 22, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Count what you have on Election Day

  • Uses of Combination Absentee Ballot Application/Certification Envelope

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    October 26, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    USES OF COMBINATION ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION/CERTIFICATION ENVELOPE
    and
    HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR CONDUCTING ABSENTEE VOTING BY SPECIAL VOTING DEPUTIES

    I. In-person Absentee Voting in Clerk’s Office

  • Important Reminders for a Successful 2010 General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    October 27, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Before Election Day

    1. Please plan your office schedule in accordance with State law:

  • Information for Clerks re: Public Records Request from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    October 29, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
    • Late in the day on October 29, 2010 the Democratic Party of Wisconsin e-mailed a public records request to Wisconsin county and municipal clerks for information about the November 2, 2010 General Election.
    • Many clerks have asked the Government Accountability Board for guidance on how to respond to this request.
    • G.A.B. staff will review the request, confer with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin as necessary, and communicate with clerks as soon as possible (not before Tuesday’s election).
  • Improvements to Canvass Reporting System and Certification Instructions

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    October 29, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    Background

    On Monday, October 11, 2010, the Government Accountability Board approved the Canvass Reporting System Protocol effective with the November 2, 2010 Election.  The approved protocol was emailed to you on October 20, 2010, and is also posted on the Recent Clerk Communications page of the G.A.B. website.  The unanimous adoption of this protocol requires county clerks to report state and federal election results via the Canvass Reporting System and to certify results to the G.A.B. using the specific certification report as directed in this memo.

  • Friendly Reminder: Municipal Clerks must report the number of outstanding military and overseas absentee ballots

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 1, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    A friendly reminder that municipal clerks need to determine the number of outstanding military and overseas absentee ballots (the military and overseas electors absentee ballots that have not been returned to the municipal clerk’s office) and:

  • Random Draw Procedure for Voting System Audit

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    November 1, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Random Draw Procedure for Voting System Audit
    WI Government Accountability Board (G.A.B)
    9:30 am November 3, 2010
    212 E. Washington Ave, Third Floor
    Madison WI, 53703

  • Checklist III for the November General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 3, 2010
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Checklist III for the 2010 General Election is now available on the G.A.B. website as an attachment to this memo.  This checklist covers post-Election Day activities. 

  • Mailing the Canvass Certification to G.A.B.

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 3, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    I’m getting questions from county clerks with respect to submitting the canvass certification to the G.A.B.  Please refer to the following excerpt from the High Priority Email sent October 29, 2010 and posted to the Clerk Communication page.  Number 3 asks you to mail the original signed document.  Since the volume of paper is greatly reduced, please mail to signed original document and provide first-class postage (you do not have to overnight it if you have scanned an emailed it).  

  • November 2, 2010 Canvass Instruction for Certifying Results for State and Federal Offices

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 4, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    County boards of canvassers begin examining returns today.  Many clerks have called with questions about printing and mailing the certification to G.A.B.  To facilitate the process, step by step instructions for using the G.A.B. Canvass System have been created.  Click the link above to view the updated step by step instructions.

    Thank you!

     

  • Thank you, clerks, for a job well done!

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    November 4, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Kevin J. Kennedy, Director & General Counsel / Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    On behalf of the members of the Government Accountability Board and our staff, we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to you, our valued Municipal and County Clerks, for being a critical and necessary part of successfully conducting the Fall 2010 General Election. Congratulations on a job exceptionally well done!

  • Municipal Clerks Need to Report Election Training for Recertification

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    November 5, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Training Coordinator

    Municipal clerks are currently in the 2009-2010 term and need to accumulate six hours of election training by December 31, 2010 to recertify for the 2011-2012 term.  

    If you have not already done so, please fill out and submit this form (click here) to report your election training to the G.A.B.   No other documentation is required, but all election training must be reported to us using this form.   

  • G.A.B. Training Surveys

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 8, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    As we prepare for the 2011 election cycle, and in an effort to maximize our resources and better serve our clerk-partners, once again we are surveying county and municipal clerks to determine the needs for Baseline Chief Inspector, Municipal Clerk Core and beginning and advanced SVRS training.  If you, your staff or your new chief inspectors need training, please complete and submit the appropriate online survey(s) at the links below by November 19, 2010. 

  • Type A Notice of 2011 Spring Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 8, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board
    • This memo contains information about the Type A Notice of the 2011 Spring Election, the notification of noncandidacy deadline, and write-in absentee ballots for the Spring Election. I have also included a “Reminders for Municipal Clerks” memo that contains valuable planning information for the Spring Election.
  • Friendly Reminder regarding G.A.B. Canvass Reporting System and Military Ballots

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 12, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Thank you for your continuous hard work and attention to detail as we canvass and work towards certifying the Election Results for the 2010 November General Election.  Several county clerks are conducting recounts in three legislative districts.  The recount results will need to be added into the new Canvass Reporting System.  The process for entering recounts results into the Canvass Reporting System requires County Clerks to wait until after the Military Amendment has been completed to input recount results.  This places additional importance on entering the Military A

  • Change in date to send Write-in Absentee Ballots to Military Electors for Spring Primary

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    November 12, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    In response to inquiries from clerks regarding sending write-in ballots for the 2011 Spring Primary, the Government Accountability Board has determined that municipal clerks should wait to send military write-in ballots until January 5, 2011, when it is known which offices are up for election in the Spring Primary. Please refer to §7.15(1)(cs) Wis Stats.

  • Municipal Clerks Training Reports Available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 16, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Training Coordinator

    CLICK ATTACHMENT ABOVE (updated as of 4/12/2011)

    Requirements:

  • Checklist I is now available and the 2011 April Spring Election may be Inherited

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 16, 2010
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    NEW Checklist I for the 2011 April Spring Election is now available.  See attachment above.  This checklist covers activities from inheriting the election through entering Contests and Candidates. 

  • Instructions for County Clerks on Military Amendments

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    November 17, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    The Military Amendment Results Set has been opened in the Canvass Reporting System (CRS).

    If you have military amendments you may enter votes from late-arriving military and/or overseas ballots ONLY.  

  • Party Ballot Order for 2011-2012 Elections

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    December 6, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    Listed below is the ballot order for parties which at this time qualify for a separate ballot for the partisan primary and a separate column for the general election for all 2011 and 2012 partisan offices. 

  • SVRS Director Barbara Hansen Retiring!

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    December 6, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Kevin J. Kennedy, Director & General Counsel / Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Kevin Kennedy and Nat Robinson announce that Barbara Hansen, SVRS Director, is retiring from state service on January 3, 2011.

    This is a wonderful opportunity for Barbara to spend more time with her family, but it leaves a significant void in our office as well as the impact her departure will have on the many people she has so diligently supported in local election offices, the Legislature and state government in her 21 years with the State Elections Board and the Government Accountability Board.

  • CIT/MCT training schedule

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    December 7, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Training Coordinator
    • Based on the results of the training survey distributed to all county and municipal clerks in November, the G.A.B. Elections Division has scheduled Baseline Chief Inspector and Municipal Clerk Core training classes in a variety of locations from January to early February 2011 in preparation for the spring 2011 elections.
    • We would appreciate county clerks informing any municipal clerks who do not have email of training classes in their respective areas.
    • Please click on the links below to access the training schedules.
  • Holiday Wishes from the G.A.B.

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    December 23, 2010
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Kevin J. Kennedy, Director & General Counsel / Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    On behalf of the Board and Staff of the Government Accountability Board, we would like to wish Wisconsin’s clerks -- our local election partners -- a safe Holiday Season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

    In this season of gift-giving, we want you to know how much we appreciate the gift of public service that you provide to Wisconsin’s voters throughout the year.  

    We wish you a safe return from your holiday travels and good health in the New Year.

  • Statewide Supreme Court Primary Notice / Military Absentee Ballots Must Be Sent

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 5, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Municipal clerks were advised to wait until January 5, 2011 before sending out state write-in ballots to military electors for the 2011 Spring Primary until the offices on the Primary ballot were known. The filing deadline for nomination papers ended last night, January 4, 2011 at 5:00pm. There is still a possibility of challenges to nomination papers. However, write-in ballots for military electors for the 2011 February Primary must be sent out today.

  • Primary and Election Certifications

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 11, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    Please read the Certification of Nomination Memo (attached above).

    The Spring Primary will be held on February 15, 2011, and the Spring Election will be held on April 5, 2011.

    There is a statewide primary for Justice of the Supreme Court.

    Several counties will also conduct a primary for the office of Circuit Court Judge.

  • Spring 2011 Primary Pronunciation Guide is Available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    January 12, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    •    The pronunciation guide for the 2/15/11 Primary is available, and attached below.

    •    The guide has also been sent to Dominion, ES&S, and Command Central

    •    If you have questions, please contact Diane Lowe at 608-266-3276 or diane.lowe@wi.gov

    Thank you.

  • Update on the 2010-2011 Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Medium Priority
    Date: 
    January 25, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Many of you have inquired about the status of the statutorily required Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance for the 2010 General Election.  I am pleased to inform you that G.AB. will once again conduct the 2010 process with some modifications compared to what we did for 2008-2009 Four-Year Voter Record Maintenance.

  • Enhanced Clerk Communications Protocol

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    January 28, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    In October 2009, the Government Accountability Board instituted a Clerk Communications Protocol after consulting with clerks around the state.  As a result, we have significantly reduced the number of e-mails and eliminated e-mail file attachments.  We apprised you that this was a work in progress, and we promised to re-evaluate with your input. 

  • G.A.B.’s Extended Hours of Operations for February 15, 2011 Spring Primary

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    February 1, 2011
    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

     Starting Friday, February 11, 2011, in addition to our regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), the G.A.B. is offering extended hours before, during and after the February 15, 2011 Spring Primary so that your questions get answered and your election-related needs get met.  We encourage you not to wait until the day of the Primary to contact us to get your questions answered.

    Our extended hours, including our regular hour are:

  • Pollworker Checklist: 12 Tips for Avoiding Discrepancies in Voter Numbers

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    February 9, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    For Local Election Officials on Election Day

    Twelve Tips for Avoiding Discrepancies in Voter Numbers at End of Elections
    (Ensuring your voter numbers are reconciled on February 15, Primary Election Night)

    • Throughout past elections, the Government Accountability Board staff has had to spend a major amount of time working with clerks to correct voter number disparities that should have been discovered and resolved on election night, before the election results were sent to the municipal clerk.
  • Polling Place Signage for Photo ID for Feb. 15 Spring Primary

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    February 9, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
    • At a meeting with Wisconsin clerks on February 7, 2011, Government Accountability Board staff was asked to provide guidance regarding presentation of photo ID at the polling place during the February 15 Spring Primary.  The Wisconsin Legislature is considering bills to require photo ID, and there has been much publicity about the issue.  However, nothing has yet been passed or signed into law.
    • Clerks and staff together developed the attached signage, which clerks may print and distribute to polling places.
  • Checklist III for the February Spring Primary

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    February 18, 2011
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Checklist III for the 2011 Spring Primary is now available on the G.A.B. website:  http://gab.wi.gov/clerks/recent-communications.  Please click the attachment above.  This checklist covers post-Election Day activities. 

  • Pronunciation Guide – 2011 Spring Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    February 24, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board
    • The pronunciation guide for the 4/5/11 Election is available at the link above. (A pronunciation guide for the special elections in the 60th, 83rd and 94th Assembly Districts will be provided when candidates are known.)
    • This guide has been sent to Dominion, ES&S and Command Central 
    • If you have questions, please contact Diane Lowe at 608-266-3276 or diane.lowe@wi.gov

    Thank you.

  • Amended Certification of Candidates for Spring Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    February 28, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist, Government Accountability Board

    Amended Certification of Candidates for the Following Offices:

    Justice of the Supreme Court
    Columbia County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 2
    Green lake County Circuit Court Judge
    Marathon County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 5
    Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 18
    Polk County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 2
    Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 6

  • Information from WCCA meeting 3/1/2011

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    March 3, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
    • At the Wisconsin County Clerks Association meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in Madison, the attached documents were presented by staff of the Government Accountability Board.  Click on the attachment above to view or download.
    • WCCA members present asked that G.A.B. staff post the information on the website for members who were not able to attend.
  • March Training Courses Available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    March 10, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Training Coordinator

    Board staff recently completed a multi-week training series for Baseline Chief Inspector training and Municipal Clerk Core training.   If you need this type of training prior to the April election, we have scheduled the following classes in the Government Accountability Board’s Madison office in March:

  • Ineligible Voter Lists for the April 5, 2011 Spring Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    March 11, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Due to miscommunication between our office and our partners who play a critical role in getting the Ineligible Voter Lists produced, these lists for the April 5, 2011 Spring Election are being sent to you later than planned.  By Tuesday, March 15, 2011, you should receive copies of the Ineligible Voter Lists for you to distribute to the municipal clerks in your county.  As usual, the Cities of Madison and Milwaukee will receive their lists directly.

  • Important Reminders for a Successful April 5, Spring Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    March 11, 2011
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator

    Please see the attached checklist.

    Thank you!

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