Election Administration Manual



Election Administration Manual for Wisconsin Election Officials

Elections in the State of Wisconsin are conducted at the local level. As a municipal clerk you are entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring fair, accessible, and transparent elections. Our job at the Wisconsin Elections Commission is to provide you with a range of resources to support you in carrying out your duties.

Many changes have occurred in the way elections are conducted in the State of Wisconsin over the past ten years. The changes have not been easy but due to the dedication, patience, and hard-work of election officials at all levels of government, we have transitioned well into the new requirements. The Wisconsin Elections Commission believes local election administration in Wisconsin is better than ever and that is a testament to the efforts of Wisconsin’s dedicated municipal clerk.

The Election Administration Manual for Wisconsin Municipal Clerks was developed to serve as a knowledge base for the array of duties required of municipal clerks. We encourage you to reference this manual frequently and to make use of the other resources cited throughout the manual. And, as always, the Wisconsin Elections Commission staff is here to provide answers and advice to assist you in fulfilling your obligations to protect the integrity of elections and ensure public confidence in the election process.

Please note:  Recent court decisions have impacted the information in the manual.  Please see the memo posted with the manual, "Court Decisions Affecting Election Administration Manual 10 20 16."  The manual will not be updated pending the outcome of the court case. 

We have posted some additional guidance with this manual, including tips on working with FPCA, FWAB and NVRA forms and how to email or fax an absentee ballot.  A copy of the MyVote Wisconsin user manual is also posted above and in the publications index.

Corrections (as of 11-2016):

Page 115, 8(b) All ballots must be at the polling place by 8 pm on Election Day. 

Page 201:  The number of outstanding absentee ballots are not required to be posted, only number of provisional ballots.