Latest News from the Wisconsin Elections Commission https://elections.wi.gov/news/latest News Releases from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board en News Advisory: Letter to Election Observer Organizations https://elections.wi.gov/node/4373 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">October 17, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>The letter attached below is being sent to organizations that encourage or sponsor election observers in Wisconsin.</p> <p>The information in the letter is not a new directive, but simply a restatement of Wisconsin's rules and policies intended to remind observers about acceptable conduct at polling places.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a></p> </div> </div> </div> https://elections.wi.gov/node/4373#comments Mon, 01 Jan 2018 16:19:52 +0000 rmagney 4373 at https://elections.wi.gov Wisconsin Absentee Voting Off to Strong Start https://elections.wi.gov/node/6188 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">October 16, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MADISON, WI &ndash; More than 159,000 absentee ballots have already been issued for the November 6 General Election and 84,000 have been returned so far, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.</p> <p>&ldquo;People who want to vote absentee have options,&rdquo; said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin&rsquo;s chief elections official. &ldquo;The best place to start is at our MyVote Wisconsin website, <a href="https://myvote.wi.gov">https://myvote.wi.gov</a>.&rdquo;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a> or 608-267-7887</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://elections.wi.gov/node/6188" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://elections.wi.gov/node/6188#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:17:22 +0000 admin 6188 at https://elections.wi.gov What Voters Should Know about Registration and Absentee Ballot Mailings https://elections.wi.gov/node/6159 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">October 4, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MADISON, WI &ndash; As Election Day approaches on November 6, voter registration and absentee ballot mailings have begun arriving in Wisconsin residents&rsquo; mailboxes.</p> <p>Wisconsin voters&rsquo; best sources of information about voter registration and absentee voting are their local clerks and the MyVote.WI.gov website, not mailings from political and independent groups, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a> or 608-267-7887</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://elections.wi.gov/node/6159" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://elections.wi.gov/node/6159#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:38:59 +0000 admin 6159 at https://elections.wi.gov WEC Approves Expanded Post-Election Audits https://elections.wi.gov/node/6116 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">September 28, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MADISON, WI &ndash; The Wisconsin Elections Commission this week enhanced election security by approving a significant expansion of post-election audits to ensure the integrity of voting systems.</p> <p>The Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to require audits of voting equipment in 5 percent of the state&rsquo;s wards, including at least one in each of the 72 counties, and require completion of the audits before the Commission certifies the final results.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a> or 608-267-7887</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://elections.wi.gov/node/6116" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://elections.wi.gov/node/6116#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2018 20:32:25 +0000 admin 6116 at https://elections.wi.gov WEC Seeks Public Input on Election Security Funding Plans https://elections.wi.gov/node/6099 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">September 20, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MADISON, WI &ndash; The Wisconsin Elections Commission is asking local election officials and the public for ideas to improve election security using new federal funding.</p> <p>The Wisconsin Elections Commission has committed about half the $6.9 million grant money to hiring six new staff members over four years ($2.4 million) and new technology ($1 million) to meet immediate security needs before the 2018 General Election and beyond.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a> or 608-267-7887</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://elections.wi.gov/node/6099" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://elections.wi.gov/node/6099#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:55:04 +0000 admin 6099 at https://elections.wi.gov WEC Orders Recall Election for Trempealeau County District Attorney https://elections.wi.gov/node/6041 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">August 22, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MADISON, WI &ndash; The Wisconsin Elections Commission today voted unanimously to order a recall election for Trempealeau County District Attorney in response to a recall petition.</p> <p>The Commission ordered the recall election to be held on October 2, 2018. If more than one candidate from a political party runs, a recall partisan primary for that party will be held October 2 and the recall election will be held on November 6, 2018, concurrent with the 2018 General Election.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a> or 608-267-7887</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://elections.wi.gov/node/6041" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://elections.wi.gov/node/6041#comments Wed, 22 Aug 2018 20:47:57 +0000 admin 6041 at https://elections.wi.gov Referral Letter to Jefferson County District Attorney https://elections.wi.gov/node/6044 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">August 22, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a> or 608-267-7887</p> </div> </div> </div> https://elections.wi.gov/node/6044#comments Wed, 22 Aug 2018 22:03:47 +0000 admin 6044 at https://elections.wi.gov Turnout 22.1% in August 14 Partisan Primary https://elections.wi.gov/node/6024 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">August 15, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MADISON, WI &ndash; Very few problems were reported in Tuesday&rsquo;s Partisan Primary in which nearly 1 million Wisconsin adults voted, according to preliminary results analyzed by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a> or 608-267-7887</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://elections.wi.gov/node/6024" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://elections.wi.gov/node/6024#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:53:37 +0000 admin 6024 at https://elections.wi.gov Top Five Things Voters Should Know for Primary Day https://elections.wi.gov/node/6003 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">August 9, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MADISON, WI &ndash; The Wisconsin Elections Commission today released its list of the top five things Wisconsin voters should know for the Partisan Primary, Tuesday, August 14.</p> <h3>1. You may only vote for candidates of one party in the primary.</h3> <p>Unlike most other states, Wisconsin law gives voters the freedom to choose which political party&rsquo;s primary they wish to vote in without having to register to vote with a party affiliation or designation. However, they may only vote within one party&rsquo;s primary on the August ballot.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a> or 608-267-7887</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://elections.wi.gov/node/6003" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://elections.wi.gov/node/6003#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:02:18 +0000 admin 6003 at https://elections.wi.gov Turnout History for Wisconsin Partisan Primaries https://elections.wi.gov/node/6005 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-release-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Date:&nbsp;</div> <span class="date-display-single">August 9, 2018</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>MADISON, WI &ndash; Turnout for Wisconsin&rsquo;s Partisan Primary over the last decade has averaged 15.23 percent of the voting-age population, ranging from a high of 19.6 percent in 2010 to a low of 8.96 percent in 2008.</p> <p>The Wisconsin Elections Commission does not make turnout predictions, but provides historical data, which is a good predictor.</p> <p>Points to consider:</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> For more information, contact:&nbsp;</div> <p>Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, <a href="mailto:reid.magney@wi.gov">reid.magney@wi.gov</a> or 608-267-7887</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://elections.wi.gov/node/6005" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://elections.wi.gov/node/6005#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:25:41 +0000 admin 6005 at https://elections.wi.gov