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Processing and Counting Late-Arriving Absentee and Provisional Ballots

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August 16, 2012
Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission
Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator
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Based on your feedback, the Government Accountability Board has developed additional instructions for the processing and counting of late-arriving absentee and provisional ballots, a function of the Municipal Board of Canvassers (MBOC).

The Election Administration Manual has been updated with these instructions.   Please refer to the “Post Election Activities” section, pages 155-174   An electronic copy of the updated Election Administration Manual is posted here:

The instructions in the updated Election Administration Manual reference two new forms:  GAB-104AP and GAB-106-AP.   These new forms were developed based on your comments about this process.   You may use these forms as you process and count late-arriving absentee and provisional ballots from the August 14, 2012, Partisan Primary and future elections.   It is your discretion whether to use these new forms.

The GAB-104AP ( is the MBOC Record of Activity.  It is a diary of the activities of the MBOC. 

The GAB-106AP ( is the Statement of the MBOC.   It is the reconciliation of late-arriving absentee and provisional ballots processed.   It may also serve as the statement that confirms that the election night returns have not changed. 

We are providing this additional information at this time, based on requests we received today from clerks.  If you have questions about the MBOC instructions and/or the two new forms, please contact the G.A.B. Help Desk at 608-261-2028 or   

cc:    Kevin J. Kennedy                 
    Director and General Counsel       
    Government Accountability Board       

    Ross D. Hein
    Elections Supervisor
    Government Accountability Board