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Government Accountability Board Recommends Against Early Voting

After last November’s election, the Government Accountability Board (GAB) assigned staff to research early voting as a potential remedy to the administrative delays that in-person absentee balloting creates. After researching other states’ experience with early voting and holding listening sessions throughout the state, GAB’s report recommends against instituting early voting in Wisconsin. Instead, the report recommends streamlining existing in-person absentee balloting protocols, including: a 20 instead of 30 day window for absentee voting; allowing clerks to conduct in-person absentee voting in multiple locations; and simplifying application and ballot envelope signature requirements. The Board will consider these recommendations at a future meeting.