ELECTION OFFICIALS; BOARDS; SELECTION AND DUTIES; CANVASSING
SELECTION AND DUTIES
Compensation of election officials and trainees.
Menominee county; town elections.
Board of election commissioners.
Election commissioners, duties and regulations.
Municipal board of election commissioners.
Destruction of election materials.
Title to election materials.
Voting machine officials' duties.
Appointment of election officials.
Training and certification of chief inspectors.
Training of other election officials.
Change of election official numbers.
Service as an election official.
Chief inspector's duties.
Vacancies after nomination.
Public's right to access.
CANVASS OF RETURNS AND CERTIFICATION
Local board of canvassers.
Canvassing of absentee ballots.
Presidential electors meeting.
Ch. 7 Note
NOTE: 2005 Wis. Act 451
, which made major revisions to the election laws, including to Chapter 7, contains an extensive prefatory note explaining the changes.
Ch. 7 Cross-reference
See definitions in s. 5.02
SELECTION AND DUTIES
Compensation of election officials and trainees. 7.03(1)(a)(a)
Except as authorized under this paragraph, a reasonable daily compensation shall be paid to each inspector, voting machine custodian, automatic tabulating equipment technician, member of a board of canvassers, messenger, and tabulator who is employed and performing duties under chs. 5
. Daily compensation shall also be provided to inspectors and inspector trainees for attendance at training programs conducted by the commission and municipal clerks under ss. 7.31
. Alternatively, such election officials and trainees may be paid by the hour at a proportionate rate for each hour actually worked. Any election official or trainee may choose to volunteer his or her services by filing with the municipal clerk of the municipality in which he or she serves a written declination to accept compensation. The volunteer status of the election official or trainee remains effective until the official or trainee files a written revocation with the municipal clerk.
Except as provided in par. (bm)
, any compensation owed shall be paid by the municipality in which the election is held, except that any compensation payable to a technician, messenger, tabulator, or member of the board of canvassers who is employed to perform services for the county shall be paid by the county and compensation payable to any messenger or tabulator who is employed to perform services for the state shall be paid by the commission.
Whenever a special election is called by a county or by a school district, a technical college district, a sewerage district, a sanitary district, or a public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district, the county or district shall pay the compensation of election officials performing duties in those municipalities, as determined under sub. (2)
If a central counting location serving more than one municipality is utilized under s. 7.51 (1)
, the cost of compensation of election officials at the location shall be proportionately divided between the municipalities utilizing the location, except that if all municipalities within a county utilize the location, the compensation shall be paid by the county.
Except as otherwise provided in par. (a)
, special voting deputies appointed under s. 6.875 (4)
and other officials and trainees who attend training sessions under s. 7.15 (1) (e)
or 7.25 (5)
may also be compensated by the municipality where they serve at the option of the municipality.
The amount of compensation of election officials, when authorized or required, shall be fixed by the appropriate county board of supervisors, municipal governing body, or municipal board of election commissioners in cities over 500,000 population. The commission shall fix the amount to be paid any person employed to perform duties for the state. If the commission employs an individual to perform duties which are the responsibility of a county or municipality, the commission shall charge the expense to the county or municipality.
In addition to its duties for ballot arrangement under ch. 5
and date and notice requirements under ch. 10
, the commission shall:
(1) Election forms, voting apparatus. 7.08(1)(a)(a)
Prescribe all official ballot forms necessary under chs. 5
and revise the official ballot forms to harmonize with legislation and the current official status of the political parties whenever necessary. The commission shall include on each ballot form, in the space for official endorsement, markings or spaces for identifying a ballot as an overvoted ballot, a duplicate overvoted ballot, a damaged ballot, or a duplicate damaged ballot, and for writing an identifying serial number. The commission shall provide one copy of each ballot form without charge to each county and municipal clerk and board of election commissioners. The commission shall distribute or arrange for distribution of additional copies. The prescribed forms shall be substantially followed in all elections under chs. 5
Prescribe the necessary standard sample forms and ballot containers to make the canvass, returns, statements and tally sheet statements for all elections the results of which are reportable to the commission under s. 7.60 (4) (a)
, and all other materials as it deems necessary to conduct the elections. The sample forms shall contain the necessary certificates of the inspectors and canvassers with notes explaining their use and statutory basis.
Promulgate rules for the administration of the statutory requirements for voting machines and electronic voting systems and any other voting apparatus which may be introduced in this state for use at elections. Pursuant to such responsibility, the commission may obtain assistance from competent persons to check the machines, systems and apparatus and approve for use those types meeting the statutory requirements and shall establish reasonable compensation for persons performing duties under this paragraph.
As soon as possible after the closing date for filing nomination papers or after the canvass of the primary vote, but no later than the deadlines established in s. 10.06
, transmit to each county clerk a certified list of all candidates on file in its office for which electors in that county may vote. The list shall designate the order of arrangement and contain each candidate's first name, middle initial or initials and last name, unless the candidate on his or her nomination papers or declaration of candidacy specifies that the middle initial be deleted, that a full middle name or former legal surname be substituted for the middle initial, that an initial be substituted for the candidate's first name or that a nickname be substituted for a first or middle name or for a first initial or middle initial or initials, but no other abbreviations or titles are permitted. The list shall also include each candidate's residence and post-office address; the office for which the person is a candidate; and, the party or principle the candidate represents, if any, in 5 words or less. Names of candidates nominated under s. 7.38
shall be certified by the commission upon filing of the necessary papers with it. At any time prior to an election, the commission may transmit an amended certification if a candidate dies or is determined not to qualify for ballot placement.
The certified list of candidates for president and vice president nominated at a national convention by a party entitled to a partisan primary ballot or for whom electors have been nominated under s. 8.20
shall be sent as soon as possible after the closing date for filing nomination papers, but no later than the deadlines established in s. 10.06