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National Voter Registration Day and National Best Practices Competition

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Date: 
September 21, 2017
To: 
Wisconsin County Clerks
To: 
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
To: 
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
To: 
Milwaukee County Election Commission
From: 
Michael Haas, Interim Administrator
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We would like to highlight two opportunities to participate in national efforts to recognize the importance of voter registration and election administration best practices.

First, as you may know, National Voter Registration Day is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September, which happens to coincide with next Tuesday’s meeting of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.  We appreciate the efforts of clerks and various organizations that are taking this opportunity to highlight the importance of registering to vote, educating the public regarding voter registration requirements in Wisconsin, and conducting voter registration activities.  There are many activities planned and creative connections being made to state and local organizations and events.

This year’s events and publicity surrounding National Voter Registration Day can serve as a sort of test run for 2018 when more attention will be paid to voter registration in advance of the General Election.  More information regarding National Voter Registration can be found at https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/.

Second, the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) is conducting its second annual competition to highlight election administration best practices throughout the country.  This year the EAC will present three awards in the categories of best practices related to voting accessibility, outstanding innovations in elections, and recruiting, training and retaining election workers.  We know there is excellent innovation taking place at the local level throughout Wisconsin and encourage clerks to consider sharing their success stories.  In addition to the “competition,” this is also an opportunity to learn from election officials around the country and adapt best practices to local situations.

More information about the competition, including entry instructions, may be found at https://www.eac.gov/news/2017/08/18/eac-announces-national-competition-for-election-administration-best-practices/.  All entries must be received by October 6, 2017.  If you submit an entry, please also share it with us at elections@wi.gov.