2012 Federal Consent Decree Regarding Wisconsin’s Compliance with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act


Timely Attention Required



Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission


Nathaniel E. Robinson, Elections Division Administrator

Today, the federal court for the Western District of Wisconsin entered an order based upon the admitted failure of several municipalities across the state to transmit absentee ballots to military and overseas electors in a timely manner as required by federal law. The order is a consent decree reached by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Government Accountability Board, with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The approved court order is designed to ensure that military and overseas electors will have sufficient time to receive and transmit absentee ballots. The Government Accountability Board has been in discussions with the U.S. DOJ to reach an agreement that would satisfy its concerns and also create a solution that could be realistically achieved by state and local election officials.

Please see that full memorandum and instructions, attached above.