UPDATED at 4:45 PM on July 2, 2020: 7th Circuit Court Ruling in One Wisconsin Institute Case NOT YET IN EFFECT

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On June 30, 2020 WEC sent a clerk communication and RAVE alert to clerks regarding the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.  We have since received updated legal advice that this order is not yet in effect.  The Wisconsin Department of Justice has updated their guidance and advised us that the Court of Appeal’s ruling is not in effect until the Court issues a mandate.  Their determination was made after further analysis of the complex nature of the ruling and of additional rules that dictate which Court has jurisdiction in this situation.

No Special Voting Deputies for the August 11, 2020 and November 3, 2020 Elections - COVID-19

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission today directed that municipal clerks shall not send Special Voting Deputies (SVDs) into care facilities for the remaining elections in 2020.  The Commission directed that local election officials shall instead mail an absentee ballot to those registered voters who reside in care facilities that are typically served by SVDs if they request an absentee ballot or have an active request on file.  Therefore, if you have voters who reside in an SVD facility with an active request on file, you should prepare to mail them a ballot for the August 11 election.

County Election Security Subgrant Program Announcement

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1.    SUMMARY.  On January 6, 2020, the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (“EAC”) announced Wisconsin’s federal grant award of $7,818,581, as authorized under Section 101 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002  (“HAVA”) (Public Law 107-252) and provided for in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116-93).  The purpose of this federal award is to “improve the administration of elections for Federal office, including to enhance election technology and make election security improvements” to the systems, equipment and processes used in federal elections.

WEC CARES Subgrant Program Announcement

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  1. SUMMARY. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) was awarded funds on April 6th to help “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, for the 2020 Federal election cycle.” The WEC produced a plan to distribute a majority of these funds to municipalities through the WEC CARES Subgrant program to help them prepare for the remainder of the 2020 election year.

May 27 Elections Commission Meeting Update 

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At its May 27, 2020 meeting, the Commission directed staff to adopt a spending plan for CARES Act funds and provided further guidance on three programs: 1) sub-grant to local jurisdictions (formerly postage sub-grant), 2) options for an informational mailing to voters about how to request an absentee ballot, and 3) absentee ballot certificate envelope redesign.  A summary of each program is included below.  The total expenditures authorized for each program area are:

Update on Commission Actions 5/27- COVID-19

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Municipal and County Clerk Partners:

Today, the Commission passed the following three motions regarding the spending plan for the federal 2020 CARES Act Grant funds for elections.  

More detailed information about each item will be forthcoming, but we did want to let you know right away so that you can begin preparations accordingly.  Materials for this evening’s meeting can be found here: https://elections.wi.gov/node/6912