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Accountability Board Certifies Candidates for Fall 2008 Election

July 17, 2008

MADISON, WI – On Wednesday, July 16, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) certified 371 state candidates for the September 9 partisan primary election and November 4 general election. Candidates include those running for the U. S. Congress, county district attorney and state Assembly and Senate.

The Board’s certification process included consideration of a number of challenges to candidates based on their nomination papers and the signatures submitted on those papers. Three candidates were disqualified based on challenges to the information on those nomination papers. Four candidates were disqualified for not substantially complying with filing requirements.

Some candidates had to file affidavits to prove the validity of their nomination papers after information errors where found by Elections Division staff. Those affidavits helped a number of candidates qualify for the ballot.

“Interest in our fall elections is high this year,” said G.A.B. Director Kevin Kennedy. “Our office was extremely busy during the last days before and during the candidate filing deadline. I am proud of the exceptional assistance and support provided to our constituents by staff within tight statutory deadlines.”

“Staff reviewed the papers of all candidates within 48 hours of submission. Over 150 filed during the last two days leading up to the July 8 deadline,” said Nat Robinson, Elections Division Administrator. Robinson continued, “Our staff provided timely, courteous and effective customer service to the 407 candidates who registered and the 385 who actually filed nomination papers.”