Help America Vote Act of 2002

Accountability Board Members’ Voter Data Do Not Match Department of Transportation Records

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MADISON, WI – In a test comparison of Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) data with state Department of Transportation (DOT) data, four of six members of the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) failed the initial data cross-check, Elections Division staff said Thursday.

Three Board members’ DOT data did not match exactly with their voter registration information due to differences in the first and last name or middle initial, and one member’s birth date did not match, according to Division Administrator Nat Robinson.

Accountability Board Replies to Attorney General’s Lawsuit

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MADISON, WI – In response to a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.), G.A.B. Director and General Counsel Kevin Kennedy issued the following statement:

“Attorney General Van Hollen has advised the Board that he has filed a lawsuit about a recent decision of the Board concerning the use of a new cross-checking tool developed for its Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS).

Government Accountability Board Reiterates Original Plans to Check Voter Records

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MADISON, WI – On Tuesday, November 11, during its regular meeting, the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) unanimously directed staff to develop a protocol, including standards and a timeline for local elections officials to cross-check voter records in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) with state Department of Transportation (DOT) data.

Accountability Board Achieves Major First-Year Goals

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MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) will conclude its first year with a substantial set of achievements in the areas of elections, ethics, campaign finance and lobbying.

“While 2008 has passed quickly, the Board has worked hard and acted in a timely manner on a wide-ranging agenda,” said Kevin Kennedy, G.A.B. Director and General Counsel. “Wisconsin citizens can be assured that the new board and agency are acting to address important public policy concerns.”

State to Begin Retroactive Voter Record Checks

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MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board’s (G.A.B.) Elections Division will commence retroactive cross-checking of voter records in early May. The purpose of these comparisons is to update voter information in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS).

“Our system is only as good as the information it contains,” said Kevin Kennedy, G.A.B. Director and General Counsel. “The HAVA Check process is a tool that helps election officials improve voter data quality."

G.A.B. Provides $500,000 to Clerks for Improving Elections

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MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) is providing funds to Wisconsin counties and municipalities to improve the reporting of election data and results, the G.A.B. announced Wednesday.

More than $500,000 will be distributed to local election officials for gathering, reporting and inputting election data into a new statewide reporting system. The payments are being made to local governments per “reporting unit” – usually the municipal ward.

G.A.B. Report Spurs Wisconsin Attorney General to Finally Concede Voter Records Lawsuit

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MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s (G.A.B.) decision to study data before ordering a large-scale check of old voter records was again validated Thursday by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s move to end a voter records lawsuit.

“The Attorney General’s decision to drop his lawsuit is the right thing to do,” said G.A.B. Chairman Judge Michael Brennan. “In October, the court found that the Board’s approach to implementing the Help America Vote Act was correct and lawful.”

State receives $3.9 million in federal election funds

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MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board has completed the process for the State of Wisconsin to receive $3.9 million in federal election funds.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission recently notified Governor Jim Doyle’s office of the award, which will be used to jump-start implementation of the G.A.B.’s 2009-2014 Election Administration Plan, which will provide a road map for new agency initiatives in coming years.