Election Complaints - File a Complaint

You have the right to file a formal complaint with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board requesting the enforcement of the election and campaign finance laws. This process is governed by Wisconsin Administrative Code,  Chapter GAB-20.

A verified (or sworn) complaint is a written challenge, sworn to before a person authorized to administer oaths.  The complaint must set forth facts within the knowledge of the complainant (the individual filing the complaint) to show probable cause to believe that a violation of law or abuse of discretion has occurred or will occur.  The complaint may be accompanied by relevant supporting documents.

An elector who has a complaint about the decision of a local election official may address his concerns by filing a complaint with the Government Accountability Board to have the official’s decision reviewed. S.5.06, Stats. The Board’s jurisdiction in this area provides for review of local election officials’ decisions which are contrary to law or an abuse of discretion. The decision-making areas which may be reviewed by the Board include nominations, qualifications of candidates, voting qualifications, including residence, ward division and numbering, recall, ballot preparation, election administration, or conduct of elections. A complaint challenging a decision of a local election official as contrary to law or an abuse of discretion must be filed promptly so as not to prejudice the rights of the other party. A complaint relation to nominations, qualifications of candidates, or ballot preparation must be filed not later than ten days after the complainant knew of should have known that a violation of law or an abuse of discretion occurred. An individual must file a complaint with the Government Accountability Board before commencing any court action involving the complaint S.5.06, Stats.