G.A.B. Dismisses Two Complaints

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MADISON, WI – During its closed session meeting of October 29, 2014, the Government Accountability Board voted to dismiss two complaints.

Non-Citizen Voting Complaint

The first complaint alleged that eight University of Wisconsin students were not United States citizens at the time they voted in the November 2012 General Election. Following an investigation, the Board made a finding that no evidence of probable cause exists to believe the students were not U.S. citizens at the time of the election.

The Board authorized this release under § 5.05(5s)(e)(4), Wis. Stat., which permits release of any record containing a finding, following an investigation, that no probable cause exists to believe that a violation of the law has occurred.

Please see the attached memorandum for details. Under state statutes governing G.A.B investigations no additional information can be released.

Susan Happ Complaint

The second complaint alleged that Susan Happ violated two provisions of the Ethics Code for Public Officials. The Board adopted a finding that the complaint does not raise a reasonable suspicion that a violation of the law has occurred.

The Board authorized this release under § 5.05(5s)(e)(3), Wis. Stat., which permits release of any record containing a finding that a complaint does not raise a reasonable suspicion that a violation of the law has occurred.

Please see the attached excerpt of draft closed session meeting minutes for details of the Board’s action. Under state statutes governing G.A.B investigations no additional information can be released.

 

For more information, contact

Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov