Presidential Preference Primary Election Reporting - Implementation of Ward Splits Caused by Acts 43, 44

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Introduction

The Government Accountability Board has identified an apparent conflict between Wis. Stat. §8.12(3) requirements regarding reporting results of the April 3, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary Election and Wis. Stat. §5.15(4)(a) regarding a municipalities adoption of a new ward plan by April 10, 2012 to address wards split by a Legislative or Congressional district boundary.

Audio of March 1, 2012 Clerk Redistricting Teleconference

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Special Note:  The audio file from the Government Accountability Board Teleconference with Municipal and County Clerks from Thursday, March 1, 2012 is now available at the link above.  

We regret that despite our numerous efforts requesting participants to mute their phones and cease conversations, there were interferences that are distracting and take away from the quality of the presentation. Rest assured, we will remedy this situation for all future teleconferences.

Friendly Reminder about the Redistricting Teleconference Call March 1

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Teleconference for Municipal and County Clerks
Redistricting Incidents:  Discussion of G.A.B. Protocol for Assisting Clerk to Resolve Challenges
Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 1-3:00 p.m.
Phone Number:  (888) 517-2485
Passcode:   6253 501#

Meeting Objectives:  The following objectives are expected to be accomplished:

Redistricting Update #8: Preparing for the February Primary

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As you know, G.A.B. staff and county and municipal clerks have been working feverishly to prepare for the February 2012 Spring Primary.  I would like to take a moment to commend Wisconsin’s county and municipal clerks for their diligence and their patience during these difficult times.  We all acknowledge that there is a lot of work to do related to redistricting, in very short period of time.  G.A.B. staff are committed to continuing to work in partnership with Wisconsin’s clerks to resolve outstanding issues and help get the work done.

Redistricting in SVRS Resources for Clerks

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We have received inquiries from clerks asking whether all clerks may attend the live SVRS Redistricting Training Webinars.  Due to limited space on the live interactive broadcasts, the scheduled webinars have been limited to SVRS users.  If your municipality uses SVRS, at least one SVRS User must attend a webinar or view the recording, even if your municipality had no district changes. 

However, in response to the demand for information for all clerks, the G.A.B. will provide an alternative to the live SVRS webinars.

Redistricting Update #5: Municipal and Ward Boundaries

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The G.A.B. technical team is working hard preparing to implement the new legislative districts in SVRS on December 1.  As clerks know, we are importing the new wards, aldermanic, county supervisory, State Assembly, State Senate, and Congressional districts from WISE-LR, the tool that the Legislature used to facilitate Redistricting, into SVRS.  The districts in WISE-LR are based on census data and use census blocks as the building blocks for districts. 

Census Data Accuracy