Election Security Training Announcement

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In response to clerk requests, Wisconsin Elections Commission is scheduling additional virtual tabletop exercises outside typical business hours.

Election Security Virtual Tabletop Exercises (V-TTX)

Saturday, October 17, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Space will be limited for these events and registration is required.

2020 Post-Election Voting Equipment Audit

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This memorandum is to advise you of the decisions made by the Wisconsin Elections Commission related to the 2020 post-election voting equipment audits at its September 16, 2020 meeting.  These audits are required by law to be conducted after every General Election to ensure the accuracy of tabulation equipment approved for use in Wisconsin.  Please see the information below for the Commission’s final decisions on how the 2020 post-election voting equipment audit will be conducted.

Presidential-only Ballots

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In preparation of the upcoming General Election, Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) staff have prepared a brief guide to provide additional information on Presidential-only ballots, including who is eligible to receive this type of ballot, the necessary steps a voter must complete to receive one, and general information on how to process them. Additionally, the ballot templates prepared earlier in the year have been updated to include the names of Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates.

WEC Sample News Release for Clerks about Voter ID and the ID Petition Process  

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1.  Voter ID Communications.  Even though Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law has been in effect since 2016, election officials still need to communicate with voters about the law.  Most Wisconsin residents already have the ID they need in order to vote.  However, we still occasionally hear about voters who wrongly assume the law is stricter than it really is.  For example, some voters believe the address on their photo ID must match their voter registration address, which is incorrect.

Court-Ordered Photo ID Requirements for Election Day

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Overview

On September 28, 2020, the federal court issued a preliminary injunction in the One Wisconsin/Luft cases related to the ID Petition process and outreach related to that process.  The order directed the DMV and Commission to implement some changes prior to the November election.  Below are the two items that impact municipal clerks directly from the court order.  

ID Petition Process Palm Card Posting Requirement

Reminders About Mailing Absentee Ballots and Working With USPS 

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Purpose. The purpose of this communication is to provide reminders and tips on absentee ballot management and tracking in your offices. The reminders have been assembled in response to incidents identified in the initial batch of absentee ballots sent. This communication is also meant to assist USPS in reaching election officials about important resources and communication opportunities. 

In-Person Absentee Voting and Ballot Drop-Off Reminders

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We have received a number of questions regarding the timeline for in-person absentee voting and witness procedures for the November General Election.  This communication will provide reminders and links to resources for both issues that clerks can use to prepare for the election. The information below does not represent changes in guidance but are reminders in light of recent questions we have received.