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Van Hollen v. Government Accountability Board

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 10, 2008 / January 23, 2009
State: Wisconsin
Issues: Voter Registration, State Voter Registration Databases
Courts that Heard this Case: Dane County Circuit Court (Case 2008CV004085); Wisconsin Court of Appeals (Case 2008AP002804)


Whether the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) has met its obligations to bring Wisconsin into compliance with state and federal election laws, including the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).  Specifically, the Attorney General is seeking to require that the GAB run HAVA checks on voter registrations received prior to August 6, 2008.



Case dismissed by trial court on 10/23/08.  Appeal filed with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals on 11/12/08 (noticed filed in circuit court on 11/7/08). Opinion/Decision that Appeal is Dismissed Pursuan to Rule 809.18 entered on 1/23/09.

Court of Appeals Documents

  • Notice of Appeal & Court Record (filed 11/12/08)
  • ORD that the time for the clerk to transmit the record on appeal is extended to December 29, 2008 (entered 12/10/08)
  • Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Filed (filed 1/21/09)
  • Opinion/Decision that the appeal is dismissed pursuant to Rule 809.18 (entered 1/23/09)
  • Remittitur (entered 1/23/09)

Circuit Court Documents

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Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

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He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

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