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Changes in Processing Military and Overseas Voters

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September 15, 2010
Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission
Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
Order re UOCAVA voters 9.15.10.pdf547.23 KB

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. DOJ to reach an agreement that would satisfy its concerns and also create a solution that could be realistically achieved by state and local election officials.
Attached is an order issued by the Government Accountability Board to achieve compliance with the MOVE Act and the Federal court order, which requires several changes to procedures followed by municipal and county election officials for the November 2, 2010 General Election, with regard to processing absentee ballots of military and overseas voters.
We are finalizing step-by-step checklists and guides for county and municipal clerks which we will transmit this week. We understand that you may have questions after reviewing the attached order, but we believe many details will be clarified after we issue this additional guidance.
We appreciate that these changes required by the federal lawsuit are coming late in the process, and thank you for assistance in complying with the attached order.
cc:    Kevin J. Kennedy
        Director and General Counsel
        Government Accountability Board
        Michael R. Haas
        Staff Attorney
        Government Accountability Board.