Wisconsin Elections Commission
Press Release

Statement on Federal Request for Wisconsin Voter Information

"By law, most of the information in Wisconsin’s voter registration system is public and is available for purchase..."

By - Jun 30th, 2017 12:17 pm

MADISON, WI – Michael Haas, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), issued the following statement today regarding the request by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for states to provide voter registration and history files:

“By law, most of the information in Wisconsin’s voter registration system is public and is available for purchase, and is commonly purchased by political parties, candidates, researchers and other organizations. A voter’s name, address and voting history are public, and this information has already been provided to campaigns and other requestors who have paid for it. Wisconsin does not collect any information about a voter’s political preference or gender.

“Wisconsin statutes do not permit the state to release a voter’s date of birth, driver license number or Social Security number. State statutes permit the WEC to share confidential information in limited circumstances with law enforcement agencies or agencies of other states. The Presidential Commission does not appear to qualify under either of these categories.

“The WEC does not have the discretion to deny a request for the public information in the voter registration database if the required fee is paid. By administrative rule, the price is $12,500 for the entire statewide voter file, and Wisconsin law does not contain any provision for waiving the fee for voter data.”

Mentioned in This Press Release

People:

Recent Press Releases by Wisconsin Elections Commission

Wisconsin Elections Commission

Deadline Approaching for Spring Election Candidates

The Wisconsin Elections Commission office will be closed on Monday, December 25, for Christmas and Monday, January 1, for New Year’s Day.

Wisconsin Elections Commission

Statement by Michael Haas

"Based on my prior visits with many legislators and my ongoing work with their staffs, I was very surprised to receive the letter last night from Senator Fitzgerald and Speaker Vos."

Update on Wisconsin Elections Cyber Security

In 2016, Russian government cyber actors unsuccessfully targeted Wisconsin’s voter registration system.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *