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Fall Annexations Impacting the November Election

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Timely Attention Required
October 19, 2012
Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission
Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator
Clerks Memo (Fall 2012 Annexations Oct 18 2012).pdf43.86 KB

The Government Accountability Board staff have received many calls in the last few weeks from cities and villages with annexations taking place leading up to the November Election.  This communication provides guidance on handling annexations that occur between now and the November Election

  • Any voters impacted by the annexation become residents of the new municipality immediately upon enactment of the annexation.  They do NOT need to re-establish residency.
  • If an annexation passes prior to the election, the annexation will be in effect for that election, and any impacted voters must vote in the new municipality and ward.  
  • For municipalities over 35,000 and are required to report ward by ward, if the annexation requires creation of the new ward, the new ward must be reported on your election results.
  • Therefore, Board staff strongly recommends that any new annexations between now the November Election be passed with an effective date AFTER the November Election.    This allows municipalities to continue to annex property as necessary, but alleviates last-minute election preparation and voter notification issues.

Please contact the Government Accountability Board Help Desk at or
608-261-2028 if you have any questions regarding this.

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