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Audit of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Reveals Problems


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.

The GAB began in 2008 as a replacement for the State Elections Board.  It was widely viewed as ineffective and too partisan.

In response to Friday's audit, Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling called the board a "rogue agency."  GOP state Rep. Dean Knudson says changing the board will be a top priority next year, and plans to introduce a bill in January.

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.