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Training for Statewide Voter Registration Deputies Begins

February 22, 2008

MADISON, WI – An eligible voter in Wisconsin can now be deputized to register voters from any municipality in the state during periods of open voter registration. The state Elections Division announced the training program today.

Before appointment as a state Special Registration Deputy (SRD), an applicant must complete a state-sponsored training session, and take an oath. A eligible voter in Wisconsin must be a U.S citizen, age 18 or older, have lived in Wisconsin for at least 10 days, and have not been disqualified to vote for any other reason.

Municipal clerks have previously been able to train and appoint deputies to register voters only within their municipalities. But the new state training program – outlined in administrative rule ElBd 3 – allows an SRD to register voters in any part of the state.

After training, each deputy will receive a unique identifying number, which will be tagged to each registration form the deputy submits for entry into the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). Deputies appointed now will be able to work through the 2008 election cycle. They then must be trained and sworn in for a new two-year cycle.

A Special Registration Deputy appointment may be revoked if the deputy registers voters after the close of registration, fails to submit registration forms to the Elections Division or submit them in a timely fashion, wrongfully suppresses a voter registration form, or otherwise commits official misconduct.

Open voter registration is prior to 5:00 p.m. on the 20th day before an election.

Applicants are encouraged to register for a SRD training class at least one week in advance, and can register online.

The training session will review voter eligibility, completion of the registration form, deadlines and procedures for delivery of completed forms, and how to assist individuals with limited English proficiency and those with disabilities, among other things.

Applicants with questions should contact Steve Pickett, election specialist, Elections Division, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, at 608-266-3061 or