Last week's "An Outsider Looking In" column by Matt Johnson in the Broadcaster discussed Rep. Lee Nerison’s (R-Westby) vote to dismantle the Government Accountability Board. To justify his vote, Representative Nerison repeated a disproven allegation.
At the public hearing for her bill to dismantle the Government Accountability Board, Sen. Leah Vukmir of Wauwatosa said, “In December of 2014, the audit of the GAB revealed that the GAB did not complete audits of the electronic voting equipment used in the November 2008, November 2010, November, 2012 elections until October 2013, as statutorily required.”
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/audits/audits.htm.
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. In fact, there is no requirement for a comprehensive report.
The Legislative Audit Bureau also wrote that in 2008, the GAB did not audit the Populex voting machine. I found the 2008 worksheets for the audits for the Populex machines, and they can be viewed at fairelectionswi.org/audits/audits.htm. The Populex voting machines were audited every year, even though they are used in only two small municipalities.