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  • Wisconsin Elections Board urges voters to not use older registration forms

    07/03/2014 10:09:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | By Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) is urging voters to not use old voter registration forms in a press statement issued by the state’s elections authority on Tuesday. The reason for the advisory is because Governor Scott Walker signed into law new legislation that would require the proof of residency of a voter to be disclosed on the official form used for voter registration. Kevin Kennedy, the Director of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, said: “State law changed on April 4, and most voters who register must now provide proof of residence. The G.A.B. has revised the form...
  • Wisconsin GAB to Extend Filing Deadlines Due to Extreme Cold

    01/07/2014 8:13:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 1-7-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – With Wisconsin facing extreme cold temperatures that have closed schools and governments across the state, the Government Accountability Board will provide a one day extension to those entities that close on January 7th. A memorandum obtained from the Government Accountability Board says that if in the event a government or school district is ordered to be closed by an authorized official that the day would be considered a holiday. Therefore, the filing deadline becomes Wednesday January 8th by 5:00 PM. For candidates running for school board, the only way that the extension would be applied is if the...
  • Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Releases 2013 Fines List

    12/18/2013 8:18:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 12-17-13 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board released its list on who got fined in the year 2013. A total of five individuals were fined for violating the aggregate contribution limit of $10,000 in 2013. The individuals who were fined for going over the limit were Grant Albert, Anthony Bryant, David DeBruin, and Henry Lynch. Two committees were fined in 2013 for accepting improper corporate contributions. One of them was Scott Walker’s campaign committee known as the Friends of Scott Walker. They were fined $150 for accepting corporate money. Wisconsin law bans direct contributions by corporations and labor...
  • Wisconsin Elections Board Hardens Security of Voting Equipment

    11/10/2013 3:56:09 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 11-9-13 | Jared McHenry
    MADISON – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) reaffirmed their approval of voting technology from their August meeting. During Tuesday’s meeting, the GAB upheld their requirement that all election systems be hardened, or solely designated for voting and tabulation. Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno requested to allow counties to use existing equipment. She cited budget concerns over purchasing equipment solely for the purpose of election day practices saying such equipment purchases would cost her county a minimum of $15,000. Because Brown County’s voting equipment creates a paper trail, Juno believes that there is enough ability to verify the accuracy of...
  • Wisconsin Senate Elections Committee Approves Four Nominations to State Elections Board

    11/10/2013 3:45:10 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 11-9-13 | Jerad McHenry
    MADISON – On Wednesday, The Senate Elections and Urban Affairs Committee approved the nominations of four members to the Government Accountability Board. This came after a public hearing on Tuesday in review of the nominations. During the hearing, the committee reviewed the nominations of two existing board members: Judges Gerald C. Nichol and Timothy Vocke along with two new members: Judges Harold Froehlich and Elsa Lamelas. Judge Timothy Vocke, who currently serves as the Board’s Chairperson, was approved on an unanimous 5-0 vote on Wednesday. Vocke, resides in Rhinelander and is a retired Vilas County Circuit Court Judge. He holds...
  • Ending same-day registration could bring lawsuits, elections board told

    12/19/2012 9:31:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-19-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Ending election day registration would likely open the state to lawsuits from groups that believe agencies that administer public benefits aren't doing enough to sign people up to vote, the state's elections board was told Tuesday. Also Tuesday, the Government Accountability Board was told that a separate proposal to check whether voters are citizens would cost $1.2 million over five years but may identify few problems. Republicans who will control the Legislature starting next month are considering ending the ability of people to register to vote at the polls, though the idea has foundered lately because of concerns...
  • Presidential, Senate races dead heats in Wisconsin (O 49% R 48% )

    10/17/2012 10:47:32 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 4 replies
    Lacrosse Tribune ^ | October 18, 2012 | Bill Novak
    The races for president and U.S. senator in Wisconsin are as tight as they can get, according to a new poll of likely voters. The Marquette Law School Poll, released Wednesday, shows Democratic candidate President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney in a virtual deadlock among Wisconsin voters, with Obama garnering 49 percent of the votes from likely voters and Romney 48 percent. For the U.S. Senate, former governor and Republican candidate Tommy Thompson was the favorite of 46 percent of those polled while Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin was the favorite of 45 percent of those polled. The poll...
  • Romney campaign files federal suit to ensure all military ballots count in Wisconsin

    10/15/2012 8:14:07 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:53 PM 10/15/2012 | Caroline May
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign has filed a federal lawsuit in Wisconsin to extend the amount of time military and overseas absentee ballots can be returned. The federal suit came on the heels a campaign request to the state’s Government Accountability Board to extend the deadline after at least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send overseas ballots 45 days before the election, which is required under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (UOCAVA). The campaign proceeded with the suit against GAB after their initial request was denied. “Because members of the military are often stationed in remote,...
  • Dane Co. (Madison, WI) Sheriff says he won't stop felon voters

    10/09/2012 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 35 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | 10/08/12 | Brian Sikma
    In a battleground state where voter fraud has been an issue in previous presidential elections, one leading county sheriff is saying his office won’t stop ineligible felon voters from casting a ballot. An internal memo from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office instructed deputies and other staff assigned to the county jail to facilitate the absentee ballot requests of inmates. Sent from Lt. Mark Twombly, the memo specifically instructed law enforcement officials to not check on the felony status of inmates and to help everyone vote regardless of their criminal record. In Wisconsin an individual serving jail time for a felony...
  • Update: Romney Campaign May Sue to Guarantee Wisconsin's Military Voters' Ballot Access

    10/02/2012 12:04:30 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 2, 2012 11:48 AM | MacIver News Service
    State Election Officials Downplay Errors by Municipal Clerks [Madison, Wisc...] The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board could be facing a lawsuit because 30 municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military and overseas voters, a mistake a GAB official downplayed Tuesday afternoon. "The Department of Justice will file a lawsuit when UOCAVA [Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voter Act] is violated, and we've been in contact with them about Wisconsin and other states," Ryan Williams, spokesperson for the Romney campaign told the MacIver News Service. "If the Department of Justice does not act, we're willing to file the paperwork with the...
  • Another Massive Problem with Military Ballots in Wisconsin

    10/01/2012 5:52:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 32 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 1, 2012 6:09 PM | MacIver News Service
    [Madison, Wisc...] At least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military voters before the 45 day deadline, according to former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi, and he's demanding the Government Accountability Board address the problem immediately. As reported by the website WisPolitics.com, Principi sent a letter to the GAB on Monday pointing out the failure to meet the 45 day deadline is in violation of Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act. "This violation is particularly unsettling in light of the fact that, only six months ago, a federal court entered a consent decree against...
  • Military Voters in Wisconsin Told to Submit Ballots a Week After Deadline

    09/25/2012 3:46:56 PM PDT · by madameguinot · 23 replies
    MacIver News Service ^ | 9/25/12 | Breitbart
    "The Federal Voting Assistance Program website published an incorrect deadline for the return of returning military ballots in Wisconsin." "The FVAB website incorrectly stated ballots must be returned by November 16. The actual deadline is 4 p.m. November 9. Any military ballots received in that intervening week would not have been counted by local and state election officials. MacIver News Service contacted the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board about the error on Tuesday and requested comment. "All Wisconsin absentee ballots are due by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election. The FVAP site was incorrect.." See rest of article at source.
  • Elections chief does not want Supreme Court to act on voter ID this fall

    09/15/2012 5:41:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-13-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - The state's chief elections official said Wednesday that he does not want the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule before the Nov. 6 presidential election on two cases that have blocked the state's voter ID law. If the high court were to reinstate the law in the next eight weeks, people who do not have appropriate IDs may have to scramble to get them, said Kevin Kennedy, director of the state Government Accountability Board. Additionally, his agency would have to rush to train clerks and poll workers on what IDs could be used for voting. "There's not enough time,"...
  • Vos pulls his name from attempt to intervene in photo ID case

    06/23/2012 8:54:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 6-21-12 | Jason Stein
    Madison - A second state lawmaker is pulling his name from an effort to intervene in a lawsuit over the state's photo ID law. Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), the influential co-chairman of the Legislature's budget committee, said he was withdrawing his name from a motion filed in the case after questions were raised about whether he was violating state ethics law by accepting legal help in making the filing. Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer (I-Manitowoc), who also had signed on to the motion, withdrew from it earlier this week. Vos acknowledged a finding by state officials that receiving legal help on the...
  • COMMENTARY: WI’s ticking elections time bomb?

    05/05/2012 9:58:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-4-12 | Kevin Binversie
    In a powerful piece of investigative journalism, my Wisconsin Reporter colleague Kirsten Adsheadpointed out the very real possibility that there’s a land mine in Wisconsin’s election future. Adshead’s profile of computer software tester John Washburn revealed that the Government Accountability Board, Wisconsin’s election oversight agency, does not require municipalities to recertify their election machines when they update aging technology. That makes the state’s election system vulnerable to breakdown. With the state politically polarized, any election abnormality quickly could metastasize, producing legal challenges and counter-challenges like those that trashed the presidential election of 2000. Nothing better exemplifies the potential for meltdown...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Voting machine concerns bubble up as WI recall elections near

    05/04/2012 9:22:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-4-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — You might be forgiven for thinking John Washburn is paranoid. Plenty of people do, Washburn admits with some humor. The Germantown man, who tests computer software for a living, estimates that, when he gets to discussing the perils of electronic voting machines, about 70 percent of people think just that. Twenty percent think there might be something to his worries, Washburn said. And about 10 percent — those who do some digging — start to believe. “Quite frankly, I’m not really concerned by (being called paranoid), because it’s highly correlated with how much people have checked my claims,”...
  • Challenge to fakes in recall planned (WI)

    04/11/2012 12:52:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-11-12 | Patrick Marley & Jason Stein
    Democrats oppose Republican strategy of protest candidates Madison - A host of candidates filed paperwork Tuesday to run in the upcoming round of recall elections - including a half dozen fake Democrats that a Milwaukee attorney will try to kick off the ballot. Along with legitimate opponents to Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP officials facing recall are Republicans who are running as Democrats. The state Republican Party launched the plan to ensure there are primaries in all races, which would make all general elections on June 5. That amounts to election fraud, said Jeremy Levinson, an attorney who has...
  • Recalls just start of long election year in WI

    03/30/2012 7:10:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-29-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    Roger Breske understands state Senate District 12 better than most — he did, after all, represent it for 18 years. The longtime Democrat knows what it will take to win the seat now that his successor, Democratic Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover, has opted not to seek re-election in the north-central Wisconsin district; state Rep. Tim Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, has announced his intention to run for the seat. “Well, for one thing, it’s going to take a lot of work because it’s a big district. It’s huge, and you only have three major cities … And the rest (including parts of...
  • WI politicos take umbrage with recall petition database

    03/22/2012 8:01:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-22-12 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — A funding showdown is shaping up between one of the Legislature's most powerful committees and Wisconsin’s elections watchdog, in part over a recall database not released to the public. The GAB's $75,000 expenditure on a database that failed to allow the public to search recall petition signatures stopped state Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, dead in his tracks. He is co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, or JFC, which reviews all bills dealing state appropriations and revenue before they pass to the Legislature. “Why would we pay (GAB) money to create a useless database that the public can’t use?”...
  • Top election official did not want immediate appeals of photo ID (Wisconsin)

    03/20/2012 3:33:06 PM PDT · by Jean S · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/20/12 | Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
    Madison - The state’s top election official said Tuesday he told the state Department of Justice he did not want to immediately appeal two decisions blocking the state’s new law requiring photo IDs at the polls because voters should have plenty of advance knowledge of what rules will be in place for the April 3 election. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen did not heed that request and on Thursday appealed both decisions. “We advised the attorney general’s office that it would be better if nothing changed before April 3,” said Kevin Kennedy, director of the state Government Accountability Board....
  • Board seeks more time to review Walker recall petitions

    03/01/2012 5:50:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-19-12 | Patrick Marley and Jason Stein
    Madison - State election officials say they likely will need extra time to review recall signatures even though Gov. Scott Walker has said he will not challenge the petitions against him - a move that would give Walker more time to raise unlimited sums of money. Meanwhile, Republican legislators groused Wednesday that the Government Accountability Board was not doing a thorough enough analysis of the signatures even as it was asking them for $975,000 to do its work. "It just seems like they are doing the bare minimum but not enough to instill confidence in the system," said Rep. Robin...
  • Gov. Walker will not challenge recall signatures

    02/27/2012 8:32:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies · 1+ views
    JS Online ^ | 2-27-12 | Jason Stein
    Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker will not challenge any signatures in an attempt to stop a recall election from being held against him later this year, according to a media report. The election if held would represent only the third recall election for a governor is U.S. history. Walker faced a deadline Monday to challenge the signatures and a campaign spokeswoman told WisPolitics Monday that the Republican governor had not had enough time to examine the signatures. The spokeswoman, Ciara Matthews, did not immediately respond to a phone and email seeking comment. Organizers gathered more than 1 million signatures in...
  • GOP leader Fitzgerald sees recall elections moving ahead (WI)

    02/16/2012 8:59:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin State journal ^ | 2-15-12 | SCOTT BAUER
    The Republican leader of the state Senate said Friday he expects recall elections to proceed against three of his colleagues, despite challenges they made to thousands of signatures on petitions seeking their ouster from office. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he is hopeful, though, that his election can be blocked through the challenges he made to the Government Accountability Board on Thursday. As for the others, Fitzgerald said, "They're not even close." Fitzgerald was the only one of the four who clearly challenged more than enough signatures to void an election. But whether to reject the signatures is up to...
  • GOP Senate leader expects 3 recalls to proceed

    02/11/2012 3:54:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Republican leader of the state Senate said Friday he expects recall elections to proceed against three of his colleagues, despite challenges they made to thousands of signatures on petitions seeking their ouster from office. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he is hopeful, though, that his election can be blocked through the challenges he made to the Government Accountability Board on Thursday. As for the others, Fitzgerald said, "They're not even close." Fitzgerald was the only one of the four who clearly challenged more than enough signatures to void an election. But whether to reject the signatures is up to...
  • Recall Walker, Kleefisch petitions missing from GAB's website

    02/10/2012 8:50:18 AM PST · by knittnmom · 7 replies
    TMJ4 ^ | Feb. 8, 2012 | Tom Murray
    MILWAUKEE - You might be a skeptical of petition problems Michael Zore brought to TODAY'S TMJ4 because of his background. Zore was convicted of voter fraud five years ago after he claims he accidentally voted twice in the same election. "The goal for the whole of process is transparency," Zore told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. Turns out, this career computer guru uncovered a problem that took the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board most of the day to explain. He discovered hundreds of pages of petitions missing from the GAB's website. "Scanning forms in and posting them to a website should...
  • GAB says, ‘no thanks,’ to ‘Grandsons’ request

    02/08/2012 8:34:27 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-8-12 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — The state's elections watchdog is saying thanks, but no thanks, to another pair of eyes in the vetting of recall petition signatures, turning down assistance from a conservative-leaning group engaged in its own petition review. “We are finding abnormalities. We are finding duplicates, and we will make all this information open to the public and available,” Larry Gamble from the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty, an organization sympathetic to the tea party agenda, and Verify the Recall, told members of the Government Accountability Board, or GAB, Tuesday. Verify the Recall, a joint venture between the Grandsons of Liberty and...
  • Sen. Fitzgerald plans enough challenges to derail recall

    02/08/2012 3:48:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-8-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday he will challenge thousands of signatures this week - enough to prevent a recall election against him if state officials agree. Fitzgerald made the comments Tuesday as the state Government Accountability Board disclosed it is considering using statistical sampling to determine how frequently duplicate names have appeared on petitions to recall Fitzgerald, Gov. Scott Walker and four other Republicans. The board's director, Kevin Kennedy, said the board is committed to creating a database of those who signed the Walker recall petitions to find people who may have signed twice. But the...
  • Analysis: Invalid signatures likely not enough to halt Walker recall

    02/08/2012 3:35:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-8-12 | Ben Poston, Bill Glauber and Don Walker
    About 15% of the signatures in a random sample of the petitions seeking the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker could not be verified, according to an analysis by the Journal Sentinel. The review suggests that even if the number of unverifiable signatures turned out to be three times higher, Walker supporters - barring a new legal challenge - will have a difficult time striking enough of the 1 million signatures submitted to stop a recall election. To force a recall election against Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, 540,208 valid signatures are needed for each - a figure equivalent...
  • Elections board might not accept tea party recall petition challenges (WI)

    02/07/2012 9:30:26 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-7-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - The next fight over recall petitions will center on who can challenge signatures. Tea party groups are analyzing the petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker and are likely to ask election officials to remove names they find questionable. The director of the state Government Accountability Board said he believes the board cannot accept such challenges, and the board will take up that issue at a meeting Tuesday. In a memo to board members, the director noted that in the past the board has determined what signatures are valid based on its own reviews, supplemented by challenges made by...
  • Wis. board posts Kleefisch recall petitions online (WI)

    02/06/2012 10:51:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The state board overseeing elections in Wisconsin has now posted online the petitions seeking the recall of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. That follows the Government Accountability Board's decision this week to post online the petitions seeking the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Board staff scanned 140,123 petition pages for Kleefisch's recall. The pages were given to the lieutenant governor's representative Friday and posted on the board's website. The board says it has not yet estimated the number of signatures on the petitions. The board says the petitions are being released under Wisconsin's open records law, as well as a...
  • Madison-based Appeals court vacates order on the review of recall petitions (WI)

    02/04/2012 11:51:47 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 2-3-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - A state Court of Appeals on Friday vacated an order requiring election officials to more aggressively check for duplicate and fictitious signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker. The Madison-based appeals court took that step because it found the trial court judge had improperly barred Democratic recall committees from intervening in the case brought by the Republican governor. Walker's campaign in December sued the state Government Accountability Board, arguing it did not plan to do enough to find duplicate and fictitious names on the petitions. The recall groups tried to intervene in the case, but Waukesha County Circuit Judge...
  • WI’s GAB sides with transparency in petition privacy debate

    02/01/2012 4:25:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 1-31-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — The state’s elections watchdog Tuesday announced it would release all 153,335 pages of recall petitions online, 24 hours after pausing to consider the impact of posting personal information about domestic violence victims. The decision comes after victims’ advocates and the state’s attorney general weighed in on the question. ‘Balancing test’ Following an analysis, the Government Accountability Board [1], or GAB, determined the petitions will be released, in accordance with Wisconsin law, as well as a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, “Doe v. Reed [2],” which involved the release of referendum petition in Washington state. “Unlike an elector’s vote,...
  • Want to check recall signatures yourself?

    01/31/2012 8:08:39 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-31-12 | Sharif Durhams
    More than a million signatures were submitted this month in a bid to force a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. The petitions have been scanned by the Government Accountability Board and are now available for public viewing on the GAB site. Like other organizations, the Journal Sentinel is examining the signatures. If you find signatures, names or addresses of people who signed the petitions that are noteworthy, you can submit them to our database in our Data on Demand portal. We will review submissions and post those that we can independently verify.
  • WI: Officials to post recall petitions online Monday night (UPDATE: Petitions have been posted)

    01/31/2012 4:15:35 PM PST · by Jean S · 22 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 1/31/12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - State election officials plan to post all the petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker late Tuesday, the board announced. "In the interest of full transparency, the (Government Accountability) Board has always planned to release copies of recall petitions to anyone who requested them, and to post them online," Kevin Kennedy, the board's director said in a statement. "However, we recently heard from a number of people who are concerned about their personal safety if their names and addresses are made public. As a result, our staff had to do a thorough analysis under Wisconsin's public records law. These...
  • Privacy concerns stall release of WI recall signatures

    01/31/2012 8:06:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 1-29-12 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON — What’s in a million names? Wisconsin and the world were supposed to find out Monday. Now, the Government Accountability Board, or GAB, which oversees state elections and campaigns, is reportedly holding off posting the reported 1 million signatures on petitions seeking to recall Gov. Scott Walker due to privacy concerns. GAB spokesman Reid Magney told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday evening the board was holding off on posting the names online after hearing concerns about a stalking victim and others who did not want their names released. Earlier in the day, Magney told Wisconsin Reporter that the...
  • Software for petition database needs human assistance

    01/21/2012 10:43:47 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-21-12 | Patrick marley
    Madison - In their effort to review 1.9 million recall signatures, state election officials are embarking on a project unlike any they have done before, relying on newly purchased software that can convert handwritten names into entries in six searchable databases. Experts say that the type of software the state is using can produce databases in a short time, but that officials must be ready to address numerous errors because computers sometimes misread handwritten letters. "Handwriting recognition software is not great," said Daniel Lopresti, a computer science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. "A lot of the names are going...
  • Accountability Board seeks more time to review recall signatures

    01/20/2012 9:38:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-19-12 | Tom Tolan
    The state Government Accountability Board plans to go to court next week to ask for more time to review the 1.9 million signatures turned in this week in the recall attempts against Gov. Scott Walker and other public officials. But Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the state ethics and elections agency, said Thursday that he's not ready to say how much extra time the board will seek. The software the board bought to help check for duplicate signatures is being tested. "We think it works," Kennedy said. Kennedy, who spoke in a public interview Thursday at the Marquette...
  • 'Help wanted' (Wisconsin GAB)

    01/19/2012 9:01:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The state Government Accountability Board is hiring temporary workers to help with the petition-review process. The agency has hired about 30 of a desired 50 people, said spokesman Reid Magney. Finding people in the Madison area who have not signed a recall petition — one of the prerequisites — has slowed the effort, he said. The agency is staffing two shifts between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays. The hourly pay is between $9 and $11. Interested people should apply through one of the following companies: • ABR Employment Services, 608-827-5818. • Spherion, 608-274-6000. • Hiring & Staff Services Inc.,...
  • State elections officials unsure how long recall signature review will require

    01/18/2012 5:49:36 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Wisconsin's chief elections official says he doesn't know how long it will take to review roughly 1.9 million signatures that have been submitted to recall Gov. Scott Walker and five others. The law requires the review to be done in 31 days, but Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy said Tuesday it will take longer than that. Kennedy says the board will go to court soon to seek the delay and ask that all six elections be held on the same day. Democrats who spearheaded the recall say the review should be done as quickly as possible. Kennedy says it...
  • Elections officials to ask judge to schedule all recalls on the same day

    01/17/2012 10:42:02 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-16-12 | Patrick marley
    Madison - As Democrats plan to submit more than a million signatures Tuesday to recall Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans, state election officials are preparing to go to court this week to try to ensure any elections are scheduled on the same day. Keeping recall elections for Walker and the others on the same day would save money and lessen logistical problems for local clerks. But Democrats behind the efforts argue that if one recall election is delayed it should not hold up others. State law gives the Government Accountability Board 31 days after receiving petitions to determine...
  • Accountability board to create recall petition database, request more time

    01/15/2012 2:09:18 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 1-12-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - State elections officials plan to enter the names of all those who sign recall petitions into a new database - a policy that will add to taxpayer costs and delay until summer when any recall elections would be held. The decision, announced Thursday, comes after a ruling last week by Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis that said the state Government Accountability Board must take steps to search for duplicate names and fictitious names as it reviews petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker that are expected to be filed next week. "It is a time-consuming and very...
  • Recall signature review to take more than 60 days

    01/13/2012 7:28:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies · 3+ views
    An extensive court-ordered review of signatures submitted to recall Gov. Scott Walker and five others will take longer than the planned 60 days and require the state to invest $100,000 in new software, the head of the state board charged with that process said Thursday. Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy said it was not clear exactly how much longer the review will take under the more stringent verification process ordered by a judge last week. With a 60-day review and a primary _ assuming no other delays caused by lawsuits or other action _ the general election would not...
  • Auditor says Treasury keeps quiet on TARP money losers

    01/10/2012 6:32:54 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-10-12 | Bernie Becker
    The Treasury Department has been disclosing financial information about bailout programs in press releases only if the initiatives are expected to bring money in to the government, a new federal audit has found. The Government Accountability Office found that financial information for Troubled Asset Relief Program initiatives that are projected to cost the government money long-term – like the injection of capital into the American International Group – were not included in Treasury releases. “Although press releases for programs expected to result in a cost to Treasury provide useful transaction information, they exclude lifetime, program-specific cost estimates,” G.A.O., Congress’ investigative...
  • Statewide Recall Costs Could Top $9 Million, GAB Says (WI)

    01/06/2012 2:19:20 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    MacIverInstitute ^ | January 6, 2012 | MacIver News Service
    Madison, Wisc…] If there is a statewide recall election this year, it could cost Wisconsin taxpayers more than $9 million according to a new report issued Friday. State Representative Robin Vos (R-Rochester) requested the information from the Government Accountability Board. The GAB memo was sent to Vos this afternoon. “It’s about time taxpayers learned the cost of these unnecessary recall elections,” said Vos.”The citizens of Wisconsin should have known the estimated cost on local governments before a single petition was circulated.” The figures released does not account for possible primary elections which would drive up the costs significantly by the...
  • Judge rules for Walker campaign in case against state election officials (NO Bugs Bunny!)

    01/05/2012 3:41:51 PM PST · by milwguy · 65 replies
    jsonline ^ | 01/05/2012 | tom tolan
    judge ruled Thursday that the state Government Accountability Board needs to take more aggressive action to vet recall signatures that are expected to be submitted in two weeks against Gov. Scott Walker and other Republican office holders. The ruling by Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis came in a case filed Dec. 15 by Walker's campaign committee and Stephan Thompson, executive director of the state Republican Party, asking Davis to order the accountability board to seek out and eliminate duplicate and fictitious signatures and illegible addresses in recall petitions. Davis, who refused to enter injunctions in the case, based...
  • Temp worker applicants who signed recall petitions won't be hired to check signatures

    01/05/2012 9:11:11 AM PST · by knittnmom · 2 replies
    The Cap Times ^ | January 5, 2012 6:30 | Steven Elbow
    A client at a local temp agency was a little put off that signing a recall petition made her ineligible for an $8.75-an-hour clerk job with the state. The client, who didn't want to talk on the record and whose husband contacted The Capital Times, didn't know if that was policy for all state jobs because she wasn't told what state agency she would be working for. Turns out, that job was checking signatures on recall petitions for the Government Accountability Board, which plans to hire 50 temp workers to deal with recall efforts against Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov....
  • Absentee voting carries double-vote concerns in WI

    12/18/2011 2:02:25 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-16-11 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — Members of the Government Accountability Board seemed impressed. Armed with language from a Wisconsin statute and GAB regulations, Mary Ann Hanson earlier this week spoke out against the policy of allowing voters who have submitted an absentee ballot to vote at a polling place on election day. It's a long-held practice, according to the GAB, predating the board itself, which was created in 2007 to replace the State Elections Board and the State Ethics Board. If the absentee ballot hasn’t been “cast” — processed and tabulated — the person who filed the absentee ballot can vote in person,...
  • Suspicious recall signatures, with proper dates and locations, will be counted

    12/13/2011 12:02:04 PM PST · by knittnmom · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:35 pm | SCOTT BAUER
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  • GAB Grants Walker Foe’s Request to Make Recalls Easier, More Likely

    09/12/2011 2:21:22 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    MacIverInstitute ^ | September 12, 2011 | MacIver News Service
    Board’s Action Done without Legislative Direction [Madison, Wisc…] A political opponent of Scott Walker succeeded Monday in convincing the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to make it easier to hold recall elections in the state. The Board voted 5-1 in favor of a request of Patrick Williams of WisconsinRecall.net to allow single-signature petitions forms to be submitted and accumulated as a part of an effort to force recall elections. The single-signature form is the first step in facilitating the collection of recall signatures online, rather than in person. However, while the GAB has approved the one-signature petition collection, the Board did...
  • State Board Votes To Outlaw Voluntary Voter ID

    05/11/2010 9:55:41 PM PDT · by logic 201 · 18 replies · 591+ views
    WISC TV online ^ | May 10, 2010
    <p>MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin elections officials are quashing a movement by citizen activists that encouraged voters to voluntarily show photo identifications at polling places.The Government Accountability Board voted on Monday to outlaw the practice, which its staff said could confuse, intimidate and offend voters who object to the requirement.The "We're Watching Wisconsin Elections" campaign urged citizens to tell their municipal clerks to list them in the statewide voter database as needing to show a photo ID to vote. Supporters argued the requirement would protect their vote by making sure others did not cast ballots under their identities.But board members said there was no law that authorized voluntary voter ID, and they couldn't order it.</p>