There are 3 ways to report a concern to the Wisconsin Elections Commission:
- General Concerns
- Accessibility Concerns
- Sworn Complaints
Which method should I use for my concern?
The general concern form is simple, and you can put as much or as little information as wanted on the form. There is no notary or statute requirement, making this the quickest way to get feedback to the Commission. Statistical information is provided to the Commission; however not every concern leads to follow-up, depending on the issue. Using the general concern form is a good option for people who:
- had a negative experience at their polling place.
- disagree with a Commission opinion.
- had a negative experience registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot.
The accessibility concern process allows you to quickly report accessibility issues to increase the efficiency of responding to these concerns. Commission staff use the information reported to work with the parties involved to come up with solutions to remove barriers. Most accessibility issues can be solved through the accessibility concern process, however, if you want formal action and remedies, you must go through the sworn complaint process. The accessibility concern form is a good option for people who:
- encountered barriers during the voting process.
- are experiencing an accessibility-related concern and need it addressed promptly.
- witnessed something that was inaccessible online, at an in-person absentee location, or at their polling place.
The official sworn complaint process is outlined in Wisconsin Statutes §§.5.05 and 5.06 and Ch. EL 20, Wis. Adm. Code. It is a method of either requesting an investigation of election-related criminal violations or of reviewing or contesting a decision of a local election official. All valid complaints will require a response from the local election official or other individual and the Commission will make findings as to whether the local election official complied with the relevant laws or the voter, candidate, or other individual should be referred to law enforcement for further investigation and potential prosecution. All sworn complaints must be notarized, thoroughly documented, and must cite a specific statute that is alleged to have been violated. This is a good option for people who:
- witnessed an election official, candidate, voter or member of the public violating an election law.
- are candidates or political parties who do not agree with a filing officer's determination regarding ballot access.
- want formal determinations and remedies.