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About the Wisconsin Elections Commission

Commission Members

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is made up of six members. Four are appointed by the four legislative leaders and two are appointed by the Governor. The Commission administers and enforces Wisconsin elections law.  Learn more about the members of the WEC.

Commission Staff

See contact information for the Commission's non-partisan staff.  

Commission Meetings

The Commission meets several times a year.  Read about upcoming and past meetings.

Commission Actions

Links to administrative rules and opinions issued by the WEC and its predecessor agencies.

History of Election Administration by Citizen Boards and Commissions

The State Elections Board was created in 1974, transferring administration of campaign finance and election laws from the Secretary of State to a partisanly-appointed citizen board and a nonpartisan staff.

The Legislature enacted 2007 Wisconsin Act 1, merging the former State Elections Board and the State Ethics Board to create the Government Accountability Board, which began its work in January 2008. The G.A.B. was comprised of six nonpartisan former judges appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. The staff was nonpartisan. Learn more about the history of the G.A.B. here.

In 2015, the Legislature passed 2015 Wisconsin Act 118, which eliminated the Government Accountability Board and replaced it on June 30, 2016 with the current Wisconsin Elections Commission comprised of three Democratic and three Republican appointees to administer elections.  The staff remains nonpartisan.

The Legislature also created a separate Wisconsin Ethics Commission to administer campaign finance, ethics and lobbying law.