Government Accountability Board


An audit of the nonpartisan board that oversees elections in Wisconsin has identified a number of problems with its operation. 

Those include having no written procedures for considering complaints and not conducting required reviews to identify felons who may have voted.

The audit of the Government Accountability Board released Friday comes as Republicans in charge of the legislature are talking about doing away with the panel, and replacing it with a partisan model.

Ann-Elise Henzl

The Government Accountability Board says it found more than 10,000 violations of two federal laws, which require polling places to be accessible.

Over the last three years, the agency conducted inspections at 1,614 polling sites in 921 municipalities throughout the state.

Many polling places violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or the Help America Vote Act of 2002, because voters were not able to vote privately and independently.