In his Tomah Journal column of Oct. 23, state Rep. Ed Brooks, R-Reedsburg, attempted to justify the dismantling of Wisconsin’s elections agency, the Government Accountability Board. Concerning one of these justifications, Brooks writes: “The GAB was also supposed to audit electronic voting equipment, which it failed to do for the 2008, 2010, and 2012 general elections.”
In fact, these audits were done. I made an open records request for the worksheets used in the audits. I found over 200 individual files on these audits for 2008, 2010, and 2012. You can see the cover sheets for these files, which include municipalities all over Wisconsin, at fairelectionswi.org/audits/audits.htm.
In their December 2014 report, the Legislative Audit Bureau criticized the GAB for not writing a comprehensive report on these audits until 2013. However, since 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. Perhaps the LAB did not dig as deeply as I did. I found the 2008 worksheets for the audits for the Populex machines, and the entire worksheets can be viewed at fairelectionswi.org/audits/audits.htm. The Populex voting machines were audited in all years, even though they are used in only two Wisconsin municipalities.