How to File an Election Complaint
Filing complaints or submit comments with the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC)
Formal Complaints – Requesting legal action
(3 Types: §5.05, §5.06 & HAVA)
- Requires form EL-1100
- Requires citation of a specific statute violation.
- Requires a notary (WEC can do for free by appointment)
- Cite the specific statute in 5.05 if you witnessed:
- Distributing election-related materials at polling locations during an election
- False statements affecting elections
- Voter intimidation
- Election fraud
- WEC will determine if the complaint will be referred to the district attorney.
- §5.05 complaints are confidential and therefore, WEC will not comment on the complaint.
- Cite the specific statute in 5.06 if you believe an election official has violated the law regarding:
- Qualifications of candidates
- Voting qualifications-based on residency, ward division, or renumbering
- Ballot preparation
- Election administration
- Election Conduct
- The complainant must be a resident of the jurisdiction or district served by the official.
- WEC will respond to §5.06 complaints.
- Cite statute 5.061 if you witnessed:
- A violation of HAVA has occurred with respect to an election for national office in Wisconsin
Comments & Concerns
- Submitting comments & concerns is a simpler process that does not require a notary or cited statute.
- Not all comments & concerns will be given responses by WEC.
- Use the comment form when you:
- Had a positive/negative experience at their polling place.
- Want to comment on a Commission opinion.
- Had a positive/negative experience registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot.
- Use the accessibility concern form when you:
- Encountered barriers during the voting process.
- Are experiencing an accessibility-related concern and need it addressed promptly.
- Witnessed something that was inaccessible online, at an in-person absentee location, or at their polling place.
Please send a copy of your complaint/comment to your state representative and senator so they are aware of what is happening in their district. Click here to look up your elected officials.
Note: Most of this information was taken from the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s website. Visit their website for more information.