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  • President’s Commission on Election Administration Survey

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    September 3, 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

    At his State of the Union Address earlier this year, President Obama announced the formation of the President’s Commission on Election Administration, which was charged with exploring options to promote the efficient administration of federal elections and to improve the voting experience.  The Commission has held a number of public meetings and hearings throughout the country over the past several months, and G.A.B. Director and General Counsel Kevin Kennedy has been invited to provide testimony to the Commission at a meeting in Cincinnati later this month.

  • Elections Administration Training webinar series schedule (October 2013 – March 2014)

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    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    September 4, 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
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    In 2012, in an effort to serve our election partners more effectively, the Government Accountability Board launched the “Back to Basics” Elections Administration Training webinar series in lieu of WisLine program teleconferences.  Webinar training has generated a positive response from county and municipal clerks and their election inspectors.

  • G.A.B. Testimony on Election Administration Bills

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    Date: 
    September 4, 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

    Director and General Counsel Kevin Kennedy testified today before the Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs on several bills related to election administration issues: Senate Bills 20, 262, 264, 265, 267 and 268.  For your information, Director Kennedy’s prepared testimony is attached.  His spoken testimony was more extemporaneous, and there was a good discussion with the committee members regarding election administration issues that are important to clerks.  You may watch a recording of the hearing on Wisconsin Eye:

  • SVRS MOU Survey Results Available

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    Date: 
    September 6, 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

    As part of our efforts to implement the recommendations of the Clerk Concerns Task Force, Government Accountability Board staff recently sent out a survey to all SVRS service providers.  A summary of the results of this survey are now available on the agency website on the task force's page.

  • Wisconsin Election Administration Council Meeting

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    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    September 13, 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

    The Wisconsin Election Administration Council will be meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 19 in Ozaukee County to view a demonstration of two pieces of Dominion Voting Systems software and equipment:

    • Ballot Station 4.6.4D Software for AccuVote-TSX (Touchscreen Voting System)
    • New Memory Card for AccuVote-OS (Optical Scanner)

    There will be a separate public demonstration of the equipment at 5 p.m.

  • Updates to SVRS

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    Date: 
    September 16, 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
    From: 
    Zach Robinson, GIS Specialist

    Government Accountability Board staff will be installing new updates to SVRS this Saturday, September 21, 2013.  These updates include significant improvements to the mapping features in SVRS, as well as fixes for some minor defects reported by clerks.  This includes:

  • Electronic Poll Books Survey

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    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    September 26, 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
    From: 
    David Buerger, Elections Specialist

    An electronic poll book, also referred to as an e-poll book, is the computer equipment, program or a combination of the two that replaces a paper-based poll book.  E-poll books allow election officials to review and/or process voter information during an election but do not actually count votes.  An e-poll book can do everything that a paper poll book does.  E-poll books may also allow clerks to record voter participation in SVRS, enter Election Day registrations and redirect voters to the correct polling location.

  • SVRS Training webinar series schedule (October 2013 – March 2014) Updated January 10, 2014

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    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    September 26, 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
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    We recently released our “Building on the Basics” election administration webinar training series schedule.  Due to positive feedback from county and municipal clerks regarding this method of training, we have developed a new webinar training series that focuses on the Statewide Voter Registration System.

  • Memory Device Data Requests

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    Date: 
    September 27, 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

    Several clerks have contacted our office regarding a request that is being sent to Wisconsin municipalities seeking information about voting equipment memory devices and the data that may be available from those devices.  As we have previously indicated, we cannot provide legal advice regarding compliance with the Public Records Law, and we encourage clerks to consult with their municipal attorneys in responding to records request.  It may be helpful, however, to review the information we circulated in 2012 pertaining to requests for memory device data.

  • SVRS Mapping Chapter Updates

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    Date: 
    September 27, 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
    From: 
    Zach Robinson, GIS Specialist

    With the recent updates to SVRS related to the 8.5 release, the Mapping chapter of the SVRS Application Training Manual has been updated and posted to the agency website. Click on the following link to go to the SVRS Application Training Manual:

    http://gab.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/svrs-manual

  • Webinar: Election Administration Training for School District Clerks

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    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    September 30, 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
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    Last year, the G.A.B. launched a “Back to Basics” approach to election administration education using webinar programming.  The second year of the series, “Building on the Basics,” begins with a training webinar focused on election administration training for school district clerks.  County and municipal clerks may also find the information useful when working with school district clerks during special or referenda elections.   

  • Recent G.A.B. Articles about Election Duties and Costs

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    Date: 
    October 8, 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

    In an effort to better inform municipal officials and local governing bodies about the cost and management of elections, the Government Accountability Board has recently contributed articles to the following two publications:

  • New Elections Cost Reports Now Available Online

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    Date: 
    October 8, 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
    From: 
    Brian Bell, Elections Data Manager

    In response to discussions with the Task Force on Clerks Workload Concerns, the Government Accountability Board and staff have made some changes to election cost reporting procedures. Thank you to all of the clerks who provided valuable input into the initial design and feedback on the draft versions of the GAB-191 Election-Specific Cost Report and the GAB-192 Annual Election Costs Report. We firmly believe that involving clerks throughout any change process produces the best results, and this is an excellent example of quality results produced by continuous clerk involvement.

  • Appointment of Election Inspectors from Lists Submitted by Political Parties

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    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    October 10, 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
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist

    Both of the major political parties in Wisconsin are working to provide municipalities with lists of nominees to be appointed as election inspectors for the 2014-2015 term. Even if you've never received party lists before, you may receive a list from one or both parties this fall.

    Please read the attached memo which provides details with respect to appointing election inspectors from party lists, including:

  • 2013-2014 Calendar of Election and Campaign Events is now available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
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    Date: 
    October 10, 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
    From: 
    David Buerger, Elections Specialist

    The Government Accountability Board traditionally provides in the fall of each year a comprehensive calendar of election administration events for local election officials to use to plan for the coming year.  Many of you have come to rely on this calendar as your definitive source for election information and deadlines.  In an effort to make the calendar more complete, the staff has included additional types of deadlines this year, such as caucus deadlines, WEDCS deadlines, and more.

  • Webinar: Closing Out 2013 – What Clerks Need to Know - Now Online

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    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    October 17, 2013
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    This video is now online: Click Here!

     

    Last month, the G.A.B. launched its second year of election administration education and training using webinar programming.  The second webinar in our “Building on the Basics” series is: 

  • G.A.B. October 22 Meeting Materials Posted

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    Information Only
    Date: 
    October 18, 2013
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    From: 
    Michael Haas, Elections Division Administrator

    The Government Accountability Board will meet Tuesday, October 22, in Madison.  Board materials have now been posted online: http://gab.wi.gov/about/meetings/2013/october.

    Agenda highlights include four items regarding voting equipment, a presentation about political party nominees of election inspectors, an update on legislative activity and the reports about agency activity.

    This notification that Board materials are available is being posted in response to feedback received from clerks.

    Thank you.

     

  • Survey for Cost-Benefit Analysis Projects – Please complete this survey by October 28

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    October 18, 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
    From: 
    Brian Bell, Elections Data Manager

    Click here to take this short survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GAB_Cost_Benefit

  • Webinar: SVRS Mapping 8.5

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    October 21, 2013
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator
    From: 
    Zach Robinson, GIS Specialist

    We recently released our “Building on the Basics” election administration webinar training series schedule.  Due to positive feedback from county and municipal clerks regarding this method of training, we have developed a new webinar training series that focuses on the Statewide Voter Registration System.  The first webinar in our SVRS training series is:

  • Please Help With These Brief Surveys by Friday, November 1, 2013

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    October 22, 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
    From: 
    Brian Bell, Elections Data Manager

    Click here to take the Cost-Benefit Analysis survey:  

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GAB_Cost_Benefit.

    Click here to take the Electronic Poll Book survey:

  • Type A Notice of Spring Election and Associated Memo

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    October 24, 2013
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist

    Please find attached the Type A Notice of Spring Election and informational memo.

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

  • Webinar: MyVote Wisconsin

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    November 11, 2013
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    Last month, the G.A.B. launched its second year of election administration education and training using webinar programming.  The third webinar in our “Building on the Basics” Election Administration training series is: 

    Webinar for County, Municipal Clerks and Election Inspectors
    MyVote Wisconsin
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Web link: https://www1.gotowebinar.com/register/532357225

  • Wards, Districts, Reporting Units and Annexations Information

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    November 25, 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
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist
    From: 
    Zach Robinson, GIS Specialist

    The Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) has received several inquiries from County and Municipal clerks with respect to annexing territory. These questions have revealed several common misconceptions and mistakes which have resulted in errors that may impact elections and boundary representation. 

  • Improvements to Death Records Matching

    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    November 27, 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
    From: 
    Sarah Whitt, SVRS IT Lead

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently made improvements to the State vital records system.  These improvements have resulted in better death record matching in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS).

  • Webinar: SVRS List Maintenance

    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    December 2, 2013
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator
    From: 
    Lila Walsh, Elections Specialist

    We recently released our “Building on the Basics” election administration webinar training series schedule.  Due to positive feedback from county and municipal clerks regarding this method of training, we have developed a new webinar training series that focuses on the Statewide Voter Registration System.  The second webinar in our SVRS training series is: 

  • SVRS Checklist #1 for both 2014 Spring Primary and 2014 Spring Election

    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    December 6, 2013
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Michael Haas, Elections Division Administrator
    From: 
    Lila Walsh, Elections Specialist

    SVRS Checklist #1 for both the February 18, 2014 Spring Primary and April 1, 2014 Spring Election is
    attached. The Checklist has been newly reformatted and includes information particular to this spring
    election season. Note that there is no statewide office on the spring primary ballot.
    Please review the document carefully and thoroughly and contact the G.A.B. Help Desk with any
    questions.

    The State has created the 2014 Spring Primary and 2014 Spring Election in SVRS.

  • Webinar: What’s New for the 2014 Elections?

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    December 9, 2013
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    Last month, the G.A.B. launched its second year of election administration education and training using webinar programming.  The fourth webinar in our “Building on the Basics” Election Administration training series is:  

  • SVRS Application Training Schedule for January 2014 – March 2014

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    December 10, 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
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    Based on county and municipal clerk responses to the 2013 Election Administration and SVRS Training Survey posted several months ago, Board staff has developed an SVRS training schedule in preparation for the spring 2014 elections.  Clerks new to SVRS are required to take the 2-day beginning Application, Election Management and HAVA Interfaces training class to be fully certified to work in the system.  Absentee Process training is optional and consists of a full day of training with a hands-on workshop in the afternoon. 

  • Possible Delay of Filing Deadline Due to Weather

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 3, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    To: 
    Wisconsin School Board Clerks
    From: 
    Michael Haas, Elections Division Administrator
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist

    One unique challenge of completing related tasks to the Spring Election in Wisconsin is the potential closing of governmental offices due to severe winter weather.  The deadline for local candidates to file nomination papers with their filing officers is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.  The G.A.B. has received several inquiries regarding the upcoming weather forecast in some parts of Wisconsin and the possibility that local governmental offices, especially school districts, may be closed.

  • Webinar: SVRS Data Requests and Reports

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    January 6, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator
    From: 
    Lila Walsh, Elections Specialist

    We recently released our “Building on the Basics” election administration webinar training series schedule.  Due to positive feedback from county and municipal clerks regarding this method of training, we have developed a new webinar training series that focuses on the Statewide Voter Registration System.  The third webinar in our SVRS training series is: 

  • New Format for Spring Primary and Spring Election Ballots

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    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 10, 2014
    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

    In an effort to make Wisconsin’s ballots more “user friendly,” G.A.B.

  • Webinar: The ABCs of Absentee Voting

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    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    January 13, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    In October 2013, the G.A.B. launched its second year of election administration education and training using webinar programming.  The fifth webinar in our “Building on the Basics” Election Administration training series is: 

  • Pronunciation Guides for Spring 2014 Primary and Election

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    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    January 15, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist
    If you program your own accessible voting equipment, please use the attached guides for programming the audio.
     
    If your equipment vendor programs your accessible equipment, the pronunciation guide has been sent to ES&S, Command Central and Dominion.
     
  • List of Reported Multi-Jurisdictional Judge Primaries, School District Primaries, and School District Referendum Questions for the Spring Primary

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    January 16, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Jason Fischer, Elections Specialist
    From: 
    Lila Walsh, Elections Specialist

    Below is a list of the multi-jurisdictional judge and school district primaries as well as school district referendum questions for the 2014 Spring Primary that have been entered into SVRS. G.A.B. staff has been entering these contests and candidates into SVRS on behalf of local election officials.  The contests and candidates must be complete and accurate prior to the G.A.B. checking SVRS Milestone #3.

  • Thank you for completing all 2013 WEDCS reports

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    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    January 21, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Brian Bell, Elections Data Manager

    On behalf of the Board, Director Kennedy and everyone at the G.A.B., thank you to all County and Municipal Clerks for completing all of the required Wisconsin Elections Data Collection System (WEDCS) reports for the 2013 election year.  Special thanks are due to those who completed the additional GAB-190 reports for the three Special Assembly Primaries and Elections for the 21st, 69th, and 82nd Assembly Districts.  We recognize the time and effort required of clerks to meet these Federal and State statutory reporting requirements.  This information helps us to complete many r

  • SVRS Checklist #2 for the 2014 Spring Primary

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    January 21, 2014
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Michael Haas, Elections Division Administrator
    From: 
    Lila Walsh, Elections Specialist

    SVRS Checklist #2 for the the February 18, 2014 Spring Primary is now available. The Checklist contains a review on inheriting the Spring Primary, county election setup tasks and municipal election setup tasks through completing Milestone #5.

    Please review the document carefully and thoroughly and contact the G.A.B. Help Desk at gabhelpdesk@wi.gov or (608) 261-2028, with any questions.  Thank you.

  • Webinar: Election Day Duties: Special Topics and Situations

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    January 27, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    In October 2013, the G.A.B. launched its second year of election administration education and training using webinar programming.  The sixth webinar in our “Building on the Basics” Election Administration training series is: 

  • G.A.B. Extended Hours for the February 18, 2014 Spring Primary Election

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    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    February 10, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Ross Hein, Elections Supervisor

    To assist our local election partners in preparing for the February 18, 2014 Spring Primary Election, we are extending our office hours before and during this election.  Our regular business hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    I am pleased to inform you that we are offering the following extended services via telephone and email as part of our ongoing customer service and assistance:

    Week Leading up to the February 18, 2014 Spring Primary Election

  • SVRS Checklist #3 for the 2014 Spring Primary

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    February 17, 2014
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Michael Haas, Elections Division Administrator
    From: 
    Lila Walsh, Elections Specialist

    SVRS Checklist #3 for the February 18, 2014, Spring Primary is now available. The Checklist contains information regarding Election Night tasks and Post Election activities.

  • Webinar: SVRS MyVote Wisconsin & Absentee Lite

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    February 24, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator
    From: 
    Lila Walsh, Elections Specialist
    From: 
    Meagan McCord Wolfe, Voter Services/MOVE Act Elections Specialist

    We recently released our “Building on the Basics” election administration webinar training series          schedule.  Due to positive feedback from county and municipal clerks regarding this method of training, we have developed a new webinar training series that focuses on the Statewide Voter Registration System.  The third webinar in our SVRS training series is: 

  • Informational Materials for Voter Verification Postcards

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    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    February 24, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Sarah Whitt, SVRS IT Lead

    Government Accountability Board staff has posted a new training webinar regarding Voter Verification Postcards.  The webinar is an excerpt from the SVRS List Maintenance webinar held on December 4, 2013 and includes the Voter Verification Postcards segment of that webinar.  This allows clerks to view the Voter Verification Postcard portion without having to watch the entire webinar. 

  • Type A Notice of 2014 Partisan Primary and General Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    February 25, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist
    Please find attached the Type A Notice for the Partisan Primary and General Election and informational memo.
    If you have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 608-261-2028 or gab@wi.gov.
    Thank you.
  • Webinar: Election Day Duties - Demonstrations!

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    March 3, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator
    In October 2013, the G.A.B. launched its second year of election administration education and training using webinar programming. The seventh webinar in our “Building on the Basics” Election Administration training series is: 
     
  • SVRS Checklist #2 for the 2014 Spring Election

    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    March 3, 2014
    To: 
    All SVRS Users
    From: 
    Michael Haas, Elections Division Administrator
    From: 
    Lila Walsh, Elections Specialist
     
    SVRS Checklist #2 for the April 1, 2014 Spring Election is now available. The Checklist contains county and municipal election setup tasks through completing Milestone #5.
     
  • Webinar: Preparing for the April Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    March 10, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator
    In October 2013, the G.A.B. launched its second year of election administration education and training
    using webinar programming. The eighth webinar in our “Building on the Basics” Election
    Administration training series is:
     
     
    Webinar for County, Municipal Clerks and Election Inspectors
    Preparing for the April Election
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Electronic Poll Book Research Report Available

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    March 12, 2014
    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

    In 2013, Government Accountability Board staff began researching and preparing for the potential use of electronic poll books in Wisconsin.  This research report will be presented to the Government Accountability Board at its meeting on March 19, 2014, and is now available as an attachment to this memo (above) for your review and comment.

    The report is also available as part of the Board's March meeting materials here: http://gab.wi.gov/about/meetings/2014/march, starting at page 7.

  • SVRS WEDCS & Canvass Reporting System Webinar

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    March 17, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Brian Bell, Elections Data Manager
    From: 
    Diane Lowe, Lead Elections Specialist
    From: 
    Ann Oberle, Elections Specialist

    We recently released our “Building on the Basics” election administration webinar training series schedule.  Due to positive feedback from county and municipal clerks regarding this method of training, we have developed a new webinar training series that focuses on the Statewide Voter Registration System.  The fifth webinar in our SVRS training series is: 

  • Circulation of Petitions at a Polling Place

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    March 17, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Nathan Judnic, Staff Counsel

    The G.A.B. staff has received several communications from clerks and citizen groups concerning the circulation of petitions at polling places.  Due to the anticipated presence of petition circulators at polling places for the upcoming Spring Election on April 1, 2014, the G.A.B. wishes to reemphasize advice originally provided to election officials, voters and recall petition circulators in March 2011. 

    The March 2011 memorandum is attached above.

  • SVRS Checklist III for the 2014 Spring Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    March 24, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Lila Walsh, Elections Specialist

    SVRS Checklist III for the April 1, 2014 Spring Election is now available. The Checklist contains Election Night Tasks, Post-Election Activities and new GAB-190 Information.

    Because G.A.B. staff has been receiving questions regarding the GAB-190, we are posting Checklist III earlier than we have in the past.  We hope that this will also help clerks to prepare in advance for specific responsibilities related to Election Day and afterward.

  • G.A.B. Extended Hours and Reminder about GAB-190NF and GAB-191

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Scheduled Tasks
    Date: 
    March 24, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Ross Hein, Elections Supervisor

    Extended Hours

    To assist our local election partners in preparing for the April 1, 2014 Spring Election, we are extending our office hours before and during this election.  Our regular business hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
     
    I am pleased to inform you that we are offering the following extended services via telephone and email as part of our ongoing customer service and assistance:

    Week Leading up to the April 1, 2014 Spring Election

  • Elections Bills Signed Into Law by the Governor Will Not Affect Spring Election

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    March 27, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Brian Bell, Elections and Ethics Specialist

    Governor Scott Walker signed several elections-related bills into law today.  We want to emphasize that these new laws will not affect the 2014 Spring Election on April 1, 2014.  The Governor will likely sign several other bills into law sometime after the election.  G.A.B. Staff is working on a detailed summary of how each of these new laws will change election administration and how clerks, election inspectors, and the G.A.B.

  • Seven Additional Elections Bills Signed into Law by the Governor

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    April 3, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Brian Bell, Elections and Ethics Specialist

    Governor Scott Walker signed seven additional elections-related bills into law today.  We want to emphasize that these new laws will not affect completion of the 2014 Spring Election on April 1, 2014. 

  • Revised Guidance -- Proof of Residence Now Required for All Voter Registrations

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    High Priority
    Date: 
    April 11, 2014
    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

    Based upon feedback and questions from clerks, we have revisited and revised our guidance regarding the new legislation requiring proof of residence to be submitted by with all voter registrations.  We are posting this guidance to replace the Clerk Communication originally posted on April 4, 2014.

  • Election Administration/SVRS Training Survey

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    April 8, 2014
    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
    From: 
    Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator

    As we prepare for the 2014 fall elections, and in an effort to maximize our resources and better serve our clerk-partners, we are surveying county and municipal clerks to determine your needs for election administration and SVRS training this summer and early fall. 

  • 2013-2014 Enacted Legislation Relevant to the G.A.B.

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Information Only
    Date: 
    April 11, 2014
    To: 
    Wisconsin County Clerks
    To: 
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
    To: 
    City of Milwaukee Election Commission
    To: 
    Milwaukee County Election Commission
    From: 
    Kevin Kennedy, Director and General Counsel
    From: 
    Brian Bell, Elections and Ethics Specialist

    Following is a summary of the bills enacted by the State Legislature and signed into law by the Governor during the 2013-2014 legislative session related to elections, campaign finance, lobbying, and public records laws.  These enacted laws represent the bills that G.A.B. staff monitored, and may not represent an exhaustive list of enacted laws that affect the responsibilities of the Board, G.A.B.

  • Nomination Paper Standards and Review

    Posted in
    Priority: 
    Timely Attention Required
    Date: 
    April 11, 2014
    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
    From: 
    David Buerger, Elections Specialist

    Background

    2013 Wisconsin Act 160, formerly Assembly Bill 420, has been signed into law and is now effective for all petitions and nomination papers whose initial circulation date is on or after March 29, 2014.  Act 160 requires all nomination papers and other petitions to contain a space for the signer to legibly print his or her name.  In order for a signature to be considered valid, the signer must legibly print his or her name in addition to the other requirements of Wisconsin law.

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