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Municipal Clerk Training Report Posted and New Training Resources - Updated Training Report!

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Priority: 
Information Only
Date: 
December 4, 2017
To: 
Wisconsin County Clerks
To: 
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
To: 
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
To: 
Milwaukee County Election Commission
From: 
Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator
From: 
Richard Rydecki, Elections Supervisor
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Clerk Training Report Posted 12 4 17.pdf80.66 KB
Clerk Training Report for the 2015-2017 Term 12 18 17.pdf1.01 MB
Chief Inspector Self-Evaluation 12 4 17.pdf691.45 KB
Chief Inspector Self-Evaluation Answer Key 12 4 17.pdf666.12 KB

Background

Municipal clerks are required by state law to take and report at least six hours of election training every training term to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. For training purposes, municipal clerks are currently in the 2015-2017 term and must complete their election training by December 31, 2017. Election training taken between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017 will recertify a municipal clerk for the 2018-2019 term. For new municipal clerks, three of the six hours must be the Municipal Clerk Core (MCT Core) training class or the equivalent training taken at the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Institute in Green Bay.

Training Report

The Municipal Clerk Training Report has been posted on the WEC website with this clerk communication and lists the number of hours clerks have reported to us for this term. Please note that you may have reported a minimum of six hours of election training, but because you need to take the MCT Core class, you are considered noncompliant with state training laws. Please contact us if you are a municipal clerk and do not appear or appear incorrectly on the report.

You can search the report by your name, municipality or HINDI number. If you have training to report to us, please use the form on our website: http://elections.wi.gov/node/3454 or enter the training directly into WisVote if you use the system. The training will be displayed as “approval pending” until we review the training submission and mark it approved or denied.

Training that does not appear on the report may be due to:

  • The training was recently submitted and is in the process of being entered. The training report will be updated each week.
  • The training report was faxed and is not legible. If possible, please submit training reports online using the email address listed at the bottom of the reporting form.
  • The training reported is not election-related training or the number of hours reported for a training session exceeds the allowable number. Clerks were contacted by email about any problems with the training they reported.
  • We did not receive the training report. Clerks emailing reporting forms using the email address on the bottom of the form will receive a confirmation that we received it.

All election-related training must be reported to us by December 31, 2017. Municipal clerks who have not taken and reported at least six hours of election training for the 2015-2017 term by the end of this year will lose their certification and be considered noncompliant with state training laws. Please note that deputy clerks and other office staff who have submitted training information are not listed on this report as they are not required by state law to be certified.

Training Options

Clerks who need to take the MCT Core training class can do so in the WisVote Learning Center: http://elections.wi.gov/node/5296. Election training that counts toward clerk certification is listed on our website: http://elections.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/municipal-clerk-cert. For example, the webinar recordings archived on the WEC website can be viewed on a computer: http://elections.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/webinars. Clerks can receive training credit for the length of the webinar, which typically run one to two hours each.

Please note that anything “equipment-related,” such as pre-election testing of voting equipment, voting equipment training, etc., can only be counted as one hour of training per term, regardless of how many you attend or how long they last.

Chief Inspector Self-Evaluation

The state legislature required the development and availability of a chief inspector “self-evaluation” to gauge their comprehension of election administration laws and procedures after completing training. The results of the self-evaluation do not affect the chief inspector’s appointment or qualifications to serve. The self-evaluation is composed of 30 true or false and multiple-choice questions and can be used as a training tool when clerks conduct training sessions for their election workers. An answer key is also provided.

Nomination Paper Review Guide and Video

New resources that provide guidance concerning the nomination paper review process have been created for your use and are posted on the agency website: http://elections.wi.gov/node/3218. On this page you will find both a guide to reviewing nomination papers and a video that explains review standards and provides specific examples for petition review. The nomination paper review guide includes an overview of the required information for each section of the nomination paper form and a sample page that has been reviewed. The video also provides an overview of the review process with explanations of review standards.