Election Security: wi.gov and .gov domains

The WEC and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommend that municipal and county government emails, especially those used for election related information, should be easily identifiable as government entities. WEC is assisting municipalities in obtaining wi.gov and .gov email domains to increase election security and trust in their official election communications.

Election Security .gov Email Domain Subgrant Announcement

Read the full memo to clerks from February 10, 2022 announcing the subgrant.

Obtaining a Trusted Domain for Your Municipality

Wisconsin governmental jurisdictions may use either a wi.gov or .gov email address. The .gov domain is administered at the federal level, while the wi.gov domain is administered at the state level. In both cases, the actual email accounts are managed by private email providers for a fee.

These two different levels of administration each require different sign-up processes, but both provide the trusted .gov domain. Directions for obtaining the wi.gov and .gov domain are in the Election Security .gov Domain Process document linked below. Additional information about common email providers are also linked below.

 

Note: When submitting the EL-363 Domain Authorization Form, you must also provide the DNS records associated with the domain name being requested.

Subgrant Reimbursement Request And Certification

The purpose of this document is to request subgrant funds as reimbursement and to certify that the jurisdiction has spent the requested subgrant funds solely for costs already incurred and outlined as allowable below and in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 2, and the Wisconsin Election Commission’s (the Commission’s) documentation retention and reporting requirements. Commission staff will award subgrants based on actual costs and up to $600.

SUBGRANT PROJECT PERIOD: August 24, 2021 through August 15, 2022. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 31, 2022.

SUBGRANT CLOSING DATE: September 30, 2022. 

For more details and to apply for reimbursement, see the document linked here.