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Early Voting Report to Governor and Legislature:

On December 17, 2009, the Government Accountability Board approved the Final Staff Early Voting Report and Recommendations, with one change, and directed that its report be forwarded to the Governor and Legislature:

Final Staff Early Voting Report and Recommendations:

The G.A.B. staff recommended Early Voting Final Report below was presented to the Government Accountability Board at its meeting December 17, 2009.  This final document is substantially similar to the Final Draft Report and Recommendations distributed for public comments on November 6, 2009. 

This updated document, however, contains an additional recommendation to eliminate the Certificate of Registration for voters who vote in-person absentee in the clerk’s office.  This final document also changes the recommendation from requiring a sign-in sheet for in-person absentee voters to  permitting a simplified application form.  In addition, several public comments on the Final Draft Report posted on November 6, have been incorporated into this Early Voting Final Report.

Final Draft Report and Recommendations:

  1. Early Voting Final Draft Report Synopsis (11-06-09 PDF)
  2. Early Voting Final Draft Report  (PDF)
  3. Appendices A-B:  Clerks and the Public Early Voting Survey Responses  (PDF)
  4. Appendix C: Comparative Listing of States’ In-person Absentee and Early Voting Practices  (PDF)
  5. Appendices D-F: Representative Communications from Municipalities about Early Voting  (PDF)
  6. Appendix G:  In-Person Absentee Voting Statistics from the November 2008 Presidential and General Election  (PDF)

Public Comments:

Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to GABPublicComment@wi.gov, or by regular mail to Early Voting Comments, Government Accountability Board, PO Box 7984, Madison, WI 53707, or by fax to 608-267-0500.

12/01/09: All Public Comments Received (Large PDF -- you may need to right-click and save document to your computer.)

Background Materials on Early Voting Study:

Listening Session Feedback:

Board staff held listening sessions around Wisconsin in July and August 2009 to gather input and feedback from the public and local election officials about the Early Voting proposal.

Here are PDF documents with notes summarizing the listening sessions:

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