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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Election Integrity Efforts on Recall Election Day


Assistant attorneys general and special agents will be stationed across the state on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 to ensure compliance with state laws governing elections.


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), as a part of its ongoing election integrity efforts, will be sending assistant attorneys general and special agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to various polling locations across the state on Recall Election Day (Tuesday, June 5, 2012), to assist local election officials and ensure compliance with state laws governing elections.


Seven teams will be assigned to Milwaukee (in cooperation with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office) and two will be assigned to Madison. One team will operate in each of the following communities: Appleton, Green Bay, Racine/Kenosha, Waukesha, Eau Claire, Wausau, Janesville/Beloit and La Crosse. A similar effort is anticipated for this year's General Election in November. All of the attorneys and agents who serve as election monitors are trained and prepared to assist state and local election officials and law enforcement.


“The June recall election is a significant event in our state's history. The people of Wisconsin need to have confidence that their rights are being protected and the laws are being followed,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.


For the 2004, 2008 and 2010 General Elections, the DOJ also dispatched teams of assistant attorneys general and special agents trained on election law, voting rights and the responsibilities and rights of election observers. For the 2010 General Election, the DOJ also provided training for local prosecutors and resource information ahead of Election Day. In early May 2012, the DOJ held a webinar for district attorneys on election law, in cooperation with the Government Accountability Board. In addition, the DOJ has distributed resource materials to prosecutors in every district attorney's office and will continue to provide advice, consultation and assistance as needed.


Anyone who suspects a violation of election law at a polling location should contact local election authorities or local law enforcement. Individuals with problems or complaints about their voting experiences should contact the Government Accountability Board at 1-866-Vote-WIS, or online at:


A fact sheet about this year's election integrity efforts is available at the following link: