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Municipal Clerks to be Available to Receive Provisional Ballot Documents and Late-Arriving Absentee Ballots on Wednesday, April 4 through Friday, April 6, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

High Priority
April 5, 2012
Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission
Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
Reminder- Hours for April 6, 2012.pdf31.39 KB

2011 Act 23,

which was enacted by the Wisconsin State Legislature,requires clerks to be available toThe Statute enacted by the Legislature requires that all clerks orIf office hours on Friday, April 6, 2012 will be held at a

accept proof of residence (first time WI voters who registered by mail) and driver license numbers

(election day voters who could not provide the DL number) from provisional voters so that their ballot

may be counted, and to receive mailed late-arriving absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day

beginning Wednesday, April 4 thru 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012. Friday April 6 is Good Friday.

The Act does not make an exception for Good Friday; the 4:00 p.m. deadline must be enforced on Good


Provisional Voters: Since the Legislature and Governor have provided electors the opportunity to

correct these errors no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election, clerks and executive directors

must be available to receive such documentation between Wednesday, April 4 and 4 p.m. on Friday,

April 6, 2012 (Good Friday).

executive directors normally having regular office hours on Friday’s must remain open until 4

p.m. on Good Friday, April 6, 2012.

All clerks or executive directors, who do not normally have business hours on Fridays, must be

available to receive late-arriving absentee ballots and documents relating to provisional ballots

until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012.

location other than the clerk or executive director’s normal office of business, then information on how

to reach the clerk or executive director must be provided to all voters with outstanding provisional


Late-Arriving Absentee Ballots: Even if the post office does not deliver to your location after a

particular time of day, you must be certain that no mail has arrived at the post office after the last

delivery to your house or office that could contain absentee ballots. If you do not make certain of this

by checking with the Post Office at 4 p.m. on Friday, you run the risk of disenfranchising a voter.

Please take this into consideration when planning staffing for the remainder of the week. Thank you.

cc: Kevin J. Kennedy

Director and General Counsel

Government Accountability Board