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Paul Malischke: Learn the facts about state's GAB

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In a Nov. 17 column in the Chippewa Herald, Sen. Terry Moulton attempted to justify the dismantling of the Government Accountability Board. He repeated a disproven allegation. He writes, “The GAB also failed to audit the performance of electronic voting equipment as required by law.”

In fact, these audits were done shortly after each election. I made an open records request for the audit worksheets, and found over 200 individual files. You can see the dated cover sheets for these files at fairelectionswi.org.

The Legislative Audit Bureau criticized the GAB for not writing a comprehensive report on these audits until 2013. However, because the audits found no tabulation problems, writing a report was not an immediate priority for GAB staff. In fact, there is no requirement for a comprehensive report in state statutes, administrative rules or policy.

The Legislative Audit Bureau also wrote that in 2008, the GAB did not audit one model of voting equipment, namely, the Populex voting machine. I found the 2008 worksheets for the audits for the Populex machines, and the entire worksheets can be viewed at fairelectionswi.org. The Populex voting machines were audited in all years, even though they are used in only two small Wisconsin municipalities.

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