Letter from the President

 From President Barbara K.D. Goeckner

Fall is upon us!! It has been a busy, busy month already!

On September 6th, the City of Amery Council approved hiring me as a Deputy City Clerk/Treasurer and after returning from a mission/vacation trip, I started my first day there on September 20th. Thank you Fran Duncanson for this awesome opportunity! It’s an amazing experience to work with someone whom I have always admired for her knowledge, strength and love of being a Clerk/Treasurer. I will still be using my new email address of .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and my cell phone of 262-957-6434, should you wish to reach out to me.

Wisconsin Election Commission Report
On September 27th, I attended the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) meeting in Madison. There were several items discussed that will affect us all in the coming election year and beyond.

WEC voted to decertify the Optech Eagle as of December 31, 2018. Please be sure to check the Clerk Communication page on WEC’s website for the details related to this, at this link: http://elections.wi.gov/node/5272

Election cost reporting will be discontinued for elections moving forward, after discussion from the Commission. There is a Clerk Communication memo located here http://elections.wi.gov/node/5290, regarding this.

The Commission also discussed the attempted hacking of voter information by Russia. This attempt was unsuccessful in getting any voter information. Wisconsin’s systems are secure and were not breached in any way.

There was a great deal of discussion regarding the WEC staffing cuts which occurred through the Governor’s line item veto. WEC had already reduced staff. Then the Governor’s line item VETO cut an additional 5 staff members from the budget. Some of those positions had previously been supported by Federal HAVA funding. Please write letters to your representatives and express the crucial need for WEC staff to retain the remaining 26 positions and the possibility to need further positions as well in 2018. Everything we do for administering Elections is directly affected by the staffing levels at WEC. Without the necessary trained staff, it is likely we will have difficulty getting the help with our much-needed answers as quickly as we have in the past. Also, we are likely to experience further difficulties in preparing properly and timely for the elections with the large amount of behind the scenes work that is necessary. Please get letters out as soon as possible.

Please check the Clerk’s Communication page frequently to keep up on all notices to Clerks by the WEC.

Proposed Election Legislation - AVEO
Thank you to all who took the survey for the AVEO bill early this month. The information was a great way for that group to pass on the results to the State Representative assisting them in the legislation.

District Meetings
Many District meetings are in the works now and in the upcoming month(s). Your District meetings are an excellent opportunity to get the always needed education from the training sessions and networking time with your fellow Clerks. Be sure to attend any and all that you are able to. You’re always welcome to register for any District meeting. it doesn’t have to just be the District in which you work. They’re all available to everyone and this is a great way to meet other Clerks around the state and broaden your opportunities for education.

District 2 held their meeting in New Richmond on October 6th and it was very well attended. I was out of state during that time so couldn’t be there. I hope to attend their District meeting in the spring.

District 1 held their meeting in Minong on October 13th, which I was able to attend. The fall colors in the northern part of the state always look the most beautiful in mid-October! There were presentations from John Gasper on Workhorse software, Janel Lee presented information on Identity theft and Bank Fraud, and MSA-Professions Services gave a presentation on funding sources for municipal projects.

Here are some of the additional District meetings scheduled:

District 5 – Thursday, October 26th in Oconomowoc
District 4 – Wednesday, November 8th in Blanchardville
District 7 – Thursday, November 9th in Waupaca

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you and meeting new Clerks at the District meetings, while I travel around Wisconsin attending as many of them as I can. It’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy all the fall beauty our great state has to offer!

Here’s to a safe and happy Halloween!!

WMCA President

Barb Goeckner, MMC WCPC
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