Wisconsin Likely to Convert State Election Board to Non-Partisan Body

The Wisconsin legislature is probably going to pass a package of bills that will dissolve the State Elections Board. In its place will be a Government Accountability Board, composed of six retired or reserve judges.

Wisconsin has been one of a handful of states in which state election law decisions are made by a bi-partisan body, with particular members representing one of the major parties. Other such states are Illinois, Indiana, New York, and North Carolina. Representation on the Wisconsin Board has been available to any party which polled 10% for Governor, so during the period 2003-2007 there were three parties on the Wisconsin Board (Democratic, Republican and Libertarian). But last month the Board reverted to a bi-partisan body, because no minor party polled 10% for Wisconsin Governor in 2006.


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