Is this the tipping point for the beleaguered agency?
Yesterday we brought you the stunning news that Wisconsin’s statewide poll list would not be updated in time for the April election and that the Government Accountability Board considered the law ‘not practical.’
Within minutes of the publication of our report, lawmakers from across the state, including the Speaker of the State Assembly, reacted with calls for action.
Here is a smattering:
"The G.A.B. is undermining the integrity of our election process,
"GAB officials are intentionally ignoring a state statute and it must stop."
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington)
“It is not surprising to hear of another instance of the Government Accountability Board simply ignoring state law. Over the last several years GAB has consistently shown itself to be an agency that has ignored the intent of the Legislature when interpreting state statutes and in failing to carry out its own responsibilities. That certainly is the case in the agency's reported failure to insure that state voter rolls would be purged before the April 2nd election.
“In the meantime Senator Leah Vukmir and I will be drafting a letter to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requesting that his office investigate this latest failure of GAB to carry out its duties as prescribed by sec. 5.05 of the Wisconsin State Statutes.”
State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Ott (R-Mequon)
“The fact remains inactive voters are not contacted and timelines required by state law are not achieved. As a result voter rolls will not be current for the April 2 election. It is beyond time for a full audit of the GAB. The law requires election tasks be completed.
“Bottom line, the volleyball mess between the GAB and county clerks needed to end yesterday. This shifting of responsibilities created a process that ignores the law and threatens election integrity."
State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin)
"Unfortunately, this is only the latest in an escalating pattern of failures by the Government Accountability Board."
"Regardless of your political affiliation or opinion of the GAB’s past actions, the failure to meet reasonable standards leaves far too many questions regarding the influence this largely unaccountable institution wields in our state"
State Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa)
"I have been closely observing the election practices since I was elected to the Assembly and the G.A.B. has to be held accountable," said Representative Stone. "We ask our citizens to follow the law; government agencies have no right to disregard it.”
State Representative Jeff Stone (R-Greenfield)
We also received additional comments from the GAB. Come back to RightWisconsin later this morning to see what they had to say for themselves.