First public outrage, then requests for a DOJ investigation, now see how two GOP lawmakers want to hold the GAB accountable.
On Thursday, Rep. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) requested public hearings on the Government Accountability Board's (GAB) disregard for state law.
On Wednesday, RightWisconsin broke the news that the GAB failed to conduct a mandatory 90-day purge of the State Voter Registration System (SVRS) after the November 2012 general election. And not only did they miss the 90-day deadline, the GAB told RightWisconsin that they would not pursue the maintenance until after the April 2 Spring Election.
Reps. Craig and Thiesfeldt's letter reads:
Madison, Wis—Today Representatives Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and David Craig (R-Town of Vernon), members of the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections, sent a letter to Rep. Kathy Bernier, Chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections, requesting a public hearing on the failure of the Government Accountability Board (GAB) to comply with the law related to Four Year Voter Record Maintenance.
"Once again, the Government Accountability Board is not performing their obligation to Wisconsin voters by failing to complete their task as the law requires," said Rep. Thiesfeldt. "By not completing this maintenance before the spring elections, a shadow is cast over the process."
"This is a matter of election integrity and it is necessary and appropriate for the state legislature to exercise its oversight authority to get to the bottom of this matter," said Rep. Craig. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to investigate this matter and ensure the integrity of our election process.
This is the second consecutive general election that the GAB has failed to follow the law by not completing the required process in a timely fashion. The law requires that identification of inactive voters be completed within a maximum of 90 days following the November election in order to update voter records.
Earlier on Thursday, Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep Jim Ott sent a letter to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requesting the Department of Justice investigate the GAB for failing to follow the law.