Municipal Clerk Nominations
From May 2nd to May 8th, the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition will be celebrating the 52nd Annual Municipal Clerks Week!
Municipal clerks are in charge of elections for your city, town, or village. They handle voter registrations and absentee ballots for voters in your community. You can look up your Municipal Clerk’s name and contact information here via the My Vote WI site.
At the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition, we know how impactful Municipal Clerks are in making the voting process welcoming and inclusive and we want to recognize their efforts by highlighting best practices and how they make voting possible by reducing barriers.
Municipal Clerks Week was initiated in 1969 by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and endorsed by all its members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries. It is a time of celebration and reflection on the importance of the Clerk’s office.
We invited community members to recognize their municipal clerk and received 76 responses recognizing the outstanding work of 44 municipal clerks across Wisconsin. Submissions recognizing Wisconsin clerks may be viewed on our website below and on our Facebook page. The WDVC thanks Wisconsin clerks for their hard work to ensure our elections are accessible for voters with disabilities and to safeguard the health, safety, and rights of voters during the pandemic.
Nominated by Meg Gauger
"Mary is always available to answer questions and assist with registering voters, obtaining absentee ballots."
Nominated by Lissa Radke
Note: WEC has Denise Oliphant listed as the Municipal Clerk here and Sarah listed as Deputy Clerk
"Sarah has been a tireless advocate for holding safe and efficient elections by: helping develop community education programs to teach voters how to vote (especially during a pandemic); recruiting and patiently training several dozen new poll workers during Covid, all who had never been poll workers before; collaborating with Ashland County’s UW Extension office and the local League of Women Voters chapter to develop a new voters report card show who votes in the County; and cheerfully answering many phone calls about absentee voting procedures.
Sarah is very energetic, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about her role as the deputy clerk. She has inspired a whole new generation of young people to get involved in civic opportunities such as elections by recruiting young poll workers. Election days run smoothly and effectively under Sarah’s calm and friendly leadership!"
Nominated by Nancy Brissee
|“Cindy has always responded to her constituents' request for information and/or services with the utmost courtesy and respect. A job very well done!”|
Nominated by Eilene Stevens
"Lynn is highly responsive to our needs. When we as for evening or weekend hours, they are added. She tirelessly answers all calls and emails with complete information. It is her positive attitude, most of all, that makes her excellent."
Nominated by Judy Robson, Marline Holmes, Barbara Sequin and Joyce Metter
1)Provides helpful orientation for poll workers especially during Covid. Lori is efficient and very organized. Under her leadership there is never a question about election integrity.
2) We have been very pleased with our city clerk. She established the Municipal Board of Absentee Canvass. This has helped the voters and made it much easier for the poll workers, allowing them to concentrate on the voters coming in. The absentee ballots were well organized before the counting began so it was a smooth process to handle the absentee ballots. Lori was always available to answer any questions in a cheerful and confident manner. She organized the teams well and was ready to make adjustments as necessary. Because of her, I have every confidence in the voting system and have been able to relay that opinion to others.
3) She has efficiently handled our requests for Absentee ballots. When my husband didn't do his properly, she informed him of it and sent it back to be corrected (or a new one).....whatever was needed to get his vote in.
4) Lori Stottler has been very helpful with training volunteers to register voters in the community. I found her training sessions were very thorough and understandable.
Nominated by Robin Engl and Lana Kropf
1) Kelly makes absolutely certain that her election inspectors are trained and that all procedures used are in compliance with state election requirements. She has been responsive to any concerns shared with her by the community; especially accommodations for voters with special needs. She makes certain election inspectors present themselves and do their jobs in a non-partisan way. The attention to detail from her office makes our jobs as inspectors much easier.
2) Kelly has played a huge role within the WMCA, both as a leader and an activist. She served as president of WMCA and countless other committees. She consistently helps clerks around the state with questions about administering fair elections. Not to mention, she has brought bills to our legislators to allow municipal clerks to have voters tabulate in person absentee ballots as they vote. By doing that it would truly be "early voting". Please consider her for this award.
Nominated by Diane Vepraskas and Vonna Pitel
"I called her numerous times during this past year for information regarding mail in voting and she was always very helpful."
Nominated by Kari Ives
"Jackie is always there when people have questions and makes sure that the polling places are accessible and has safety measures in place during COVID."
Nominated by Cheryl Maplethorpe
"Kris sends out absentee ballots as soon as they are printed. She answers any questions immediately. She goes out of her way to make voting easy and safe. When I have a question about property taxes or dog tags, she always has the correct answer and helps provide what I need. I hope she wins. She deserves it."
Nominated by Penny Andrews
"Kim has gone out of her way to facilitate mail-in ballots, including when there was an operator error by the voter (myself)."
Nominated by Malik Mahr
"Tracy is so reliable, dedicated, conscientious and sensitive to voters needs!"
Nominated by 7 people
1)Michelle goes above and beyond to make sure that every individual in our community has equal access to voting. She and her team work endlessly to provide answers, opportunity, and accessibility to all voters of Fort Atkinson.
2) Michelle has made it far easier to navigate the voting spaces; through common sense reforms, she has increased handicapped parking to allow more people access to accessible parking; she is also helpful when it comes to helping to make voting accessible to all.
3) Michelle is very knowledgeable about her job. She knows the city and the city government well. She sees to it that all elections are fair and well run. She is able to advise the city council on all aspects of government. She is conscientious and pleasant. We are fortunate to have her.
4) Michelle helped me to obtain an absentee ballot for my disabled husband. Whenever I have a question she is Always very gracious and willing to explain until I understand.
5) Michelle has been very helpful to me as I travel a lot and it always seems to be at an election time. Her assistance and time time to take a phone call allowed me to ensure my vote counted! Michelle is very professional and an asset to our community.
6) She makes sure that every qualified voter is able to vote. She sets up the polling place to allow social distancing. She provides sanitizer at every station. She has multiple Badger Books available for easy check in and updates to make voting seamless. She will go outside to allow people to vote from their car if accessibility/health concerns are an issue. She provides training for the poll workers to make sure they are up-to-date on the rules/regulations surrounding elections. She comes in super early to make sure that everything is ready to go when the polls open. If people need proof of residency and fail to bring it with them, she will take the time to check their information against the information in the water records to make sure that the voter can vote. If she cannot find them in the water bill records, she will do all she can to help the voter get the information needed to vote. She is a great woman to work for also. She takes care of the poll workers making sure that their needs are met in a timely manner. She goes out of her way to make things run smoothly. She really is the best and always wears a smile. She is extremely knowledgeable about the process and explains things in a way that the “ordinary Joe” can understand.
Nominated by Mary Jo Wellenstein
"Ms. Humitz is diligent about informing the public about aspects of voting and upcoming elections. On her website she has detailed information on Absentee Voting, Voter Photo ID, Voter Registration, Sample Ballots and Poll Workers. She also posts voting information in the City of Glendale Newsletter, Nextdoor and Facebook. There is a drop box outside of City Hall and I think all polling places are wheelchair accessible."
Nominated by Karen Schley
"The Municipal Clerk I am nominating for the 52nd Annual clerk's award is Celestine Jeffreys. Celestine brings a lot of experience in government work to her new position. Before taking on the job of Municipal City Clerk, she was Chief of Staff to Mayor Eric Genrich and former Mayor Jim Schmitt. Prior to that she worked for the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce and served on the City Council and the Green Bay School Board. Celestine is also the first black woman to hold her current position. As a longtime poll worker, I had the opportunity to work at City Hall preparing for the 2020 August and November elections as well as the 2021 February and April elections. Celestine was appointed City Clerk in January, 2021 and stepped right up to the plate. Celestine, as well as Deputy Clerk Jaime Fuge, worked diligently preparing for the 2021 elections. Because of the pandemic there were extra precautions that were needed. Polling locations needed to be secured and poll working assigned to to various locations. Also, training of the poll workers was necessary. Curbside voting is intended to allow voters unable to enter their polling location to vote from their vehicles. Celestine has ideas on making this go smoothly. She also has plans and ideas for future elections. The City of Green Bay is fortunate to have her as their new Clerk. I feel she is deserving of the Outstanding Municipal Award. Please give my comments serious consideration."
Nominated by Loris Greco
"She is always available to answer our questions in the most helpful and pleasant ways!"
Nominated by Joan Cervenka and Nina Gilberg
1)The high number of elections in 2020 was further complicated by C19, as well as "political" pressure. Bryn was efficient, fair to all parties, and put in a full load of time, in addition to her Town Clerk duties. She regularly visited nursing homes to provide voting information and assure everyone had an opportunity to vote. At every election clear proper signage was posted to assure an option of curb-side voting.
2) Shows equal respect for each voter. Makes it as easy as possible to vote. Always ready to help. Extremely successful drive thru voting for town during Nov election. Knows the rules related to voting and makes a point of educating voter's. Excellent trouble shooting during elections. Gracious toward and thankful for her volunteers. Trains them well.
Nominated by Claudia Looze
"She’s amazing! I know this is a small polling place but it’s at the town dump, yet Lois Nankee makes it a delightful place to be every election. Once I voted early at her dining room table at her farm. She offered me coffee! She’s the best darn clerk in the state. Prove me wrong."
Nominated by Pat Lund-Moe
|Nathan Treadwell, Village Administrator says, “Jane takes the time to measure table height for wheelchair access, along with making sure we are ADA compliant. She has helped those with disabilities properly apply for permanent absentee voting, along with helping those who might have a hard time reading due to vision. She has always gone above and beyond for our community when it comes to serving residents with disabilities.”|
Nominated by Kay Hoff
"Nancy has bent over backwards to assist people in voting. She takes another poll worker with her outside for curbside voting even though the very old town hall building has a handicap ramp in the back. Often it is not a 100% handicap situation but just elderly but she never says a word. I work the registration table and she has even checked the tax roll book for a person instead of forcing them to go back home and look for another document to prove residency. Everything is always done with a smile and a very calm demeanor and people feel very welcome on election day. Over the years, it is very clear to me that Tribal Members feel more and more welcome with Nancy's presence and that was not always the case, in my opinion, since moving to this Ojibwe Reservation and working nearly every election for over 15 years."
Nominated by Glenna Peters
"Anastasia does the following to support voting accessibility:
- A locked drop box in the entryway to our voting location.
- Answers any questions related to absentee or early voting.
- Has filled in address on Absentee ballot when it was not filled in.
- Mails absentee ballots in a timely fashion."
Nominated by 19 people!
1) Maribeth will do almost anything to help all people vote, as long as it's legal. She trains volunteers non-stop to register people to vote, help at the polls and in nursing homes. She will even hand deliver materials to volunteers when needed. She always keeps issues of equity in mind as she trains, plans, implements and oversees. makes sure there is always curbside voting available, and during the pandemic instituted ballot drop boxes to help older folks avoid COVID exposure. Those are just a few examples of the many amazing things she does to help people vote.
2) Maribeth beautifully organized the pick up and turn in of the Voting in the Park event materials
3) Provides very thorough training to volunteers assisting in Voter Registration in order to be certified. Provided staffed unique drop-off stations for absentee ballots in Madison City Parks during 2020 election.
4) Maribeth feels it is her mission to ensure everyone is able to exercise their right to vote. She spends hours going out into the community, training people in how to register voters. She created the Democracy in the Park program. She worked with 100 Black Men on their Democracy Project and spent hours preparing and training a cadre of high school students in civics and the electoral process over the course of 8 weeks. When I asked about having clergy at polling places during the Nov. election to help keep the peace, Maribeth not only said it was OK, she also offered to provide them with city vests so it would be clear they had the city's OK to be there.
5) Maribeth is absolutely outstanding. She is totally and tirelessly committed to every eligible voter being able to cast a vote and have that vote counted. This goal and the service ethic accompanying it permeate every encounter with her. As the WI election laws change (many times since 2013), training is updated each time (and required for election officials between every election), and offered remotely even before COVID so it's more convenient. Creative ways of eliminating/reducing barriers to registering voters are implemented including going to the voters (like homeless encampments, prisons--to inform felons of their rights once they are off paper, public library branches). When the law no longer allowed Special Registration Deputies, she created the Voter Education Ambassador program to disseminate voting information widely. She works closely with the Dane County LWV and supports our volunteers, e.g., creating ways of managing voting on the college campuses to meet new legal barriers to voting (such as working with the University to supplement UW Madison student ID's because they do not meet the requirement for voter ID). In the fall of 2020, when some of the US Post Office high-speed sorting machines were eliminated (all our mailed goes to Milwaukee and back), it became clear that mailing times for absentee ballots were affected (both to the voter and back from the voter) and might not arrive in time to be counted. Maribeth created two Saturday events in our City Parks (260 of them!) and staffed sites with trained election official volunteers (outdoors, masked and with lots of hand sanitizer) so that absentee ballots (which eligible voters had requested and received in the mail) could be collected and conveyed directly and securely, as soon as the event ended, to the Clerk’s office. Early voting and absentee ballot collection is provided wherever the eligible voter is, e.g., in hospitals and nursing homes, and in easily accessible locations with public transportation, free parking and handicap access, e.g., public libraries. Curbside access (with two Election Officials going from the polling place to the voter’s car with a ballot) is provided on Election Day. She is always "out there" (where the voters are) with her office staff, Voter Education Ambassadors and LWV members: accessible, role modeling, leading the way. She advocates for voters and for her staff with the Madison Common Council as needed for funding and resources (such as having all public library staff trained and equipped to register voters year-round in accessible locations spread throughout the city permeate). She's flawlessly non-partisan, fair, and attentive to the rule of law.
6) Supports volunteers for voter registration in countless ways. I attended a workshop she held about voter registration in the evening, something she did after a full day of work in her office. People in my group were working on a presidential campaign and wanted to talk about the other political party, but she did not speak a word of criticism.
7) Maribeth goes above and beyond to make sure that all Madison residents can exercise their right to vote. She works to see that residents become registered and that the process is streamlined. During the pandemic voting she employed whatever means possible to keep voters safe and able to vote. Her trainings for poll workers and for Voter Ambassadors who help people register are comprehensive and cover the basics, but also include topics such as customer service and treating diverse voters of all types with respect. She provides training on assisting people with disabilities and special considerations when interacting with people with disabilities. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of her caliber as the City of Madison Clerk.
8) Every time I contacted the clerk's office for some information or clarification, I received an extremely expeditious and helpful response. I remember one email specifically that came directly from Ms Witzel- Behl. During the entire last four years, and specifically in the run up to the '20 presidential election I had the distinct impression that Ms. Witzel-Behl was doing absolutely everything she could do to make voting easier, more accessible, and less stressful. Examples of this are the emergence of the new ballot drop-boxes, the events to accept ballots in the neighborhood parks, the extra "covid precautions" and supplies at the polling places, etc. She has been exceptional, and has given ample and repeated examples that she understands the true meaning of "public service". In a very real sense she has done a great service in defending democracy from the assaults it has been under. I'm very grateful to her, and for her efforts.
9) Despite obstacles thrown up by a Republican State Legislature, the State Supreme Court and the previous governor's administration, Maribeth has put into place many procedures and initiated many events that make it easier for Madison's voters to register to vote and to cast their ballots. Her efforts made voting during a pandemic safer and less stressful. Her professionalism during the recounts and court challenges after the 11/3/20 election is also to be commended.
10) I think Maribeth Witzel-Behl deserves an award for municipal clerk of the century. Her training of election officials has been exemplary in her effort to encourage accessibility and to support and encourage a diverse voting population. And her office was remarkable in its efforts to adapt to the pandemic and ensure that all voters could safely participate in the election in the way that they felt most comfortable (whether through early voting, absentee voting, or at the polls), including the establishment of new and secure ballot drop boxes when it became clear that the post office was going to have difficulty handling absentee ballots as well as was needed. But it is really the innovation of the "Democracy in the Park" events that was most remarkable: such a wonderfully creative way to celebrate the election and democratic participation while also relieving an important concern and increasing voting access. Democracy in the Park was such a joyous response to the pandemic; it was one of the few positives in this very sad year.
11) She does an incredible job!! As a poll worker during the Democracy in the Parks effort 2020, I needed to deal with an aggressive poll watcher. Maribeth showed up in person! She has created an amazing system for all voters in our city - we exist to assist is the motto - she is calm, cool and always collected. And always about making sure every vote counts through our training and our voting place options.
12) In the 2020 Presidential election, she made Voting in the Park an easy place for people to deposit their completed ballots to authorized poll workers like myself and my husband. People could also bring their mailed, empty ballots to us so we could serve as their witnesses. For people unable to get to a friend or neighbor (due to Covid restrictions) this outdoor venue served as a safe place for both the voter and poll workers, to do their jobs; to vote and to serve as sanctioned poll workers. Meriter also communicates to poll workers all year round to keep us updated on any changes instituted at the polling sites and general voting updates. She is an excellent teacher and able to make allowances for safe, secure voting for all.
13) Maribeth is mild mannered and always polite. She is very knowledgeable and positively answers questions during any of the trainings. Any early voting is done at accessible locations. At the polling locations, there is often a Spanish speaking poll worker, wheelchair accessible polling booth, and a touchscreen voting machine. There is also curbside voting for those who would find it difficult to enter the building. Maribeth is a prime example of a caring person who supports the voting rights of the older voters as well as someone who has a disability!
14) Maribeth is thorough and transparent. Every election is reviewed for issues that come up, poll workers are alerted to things that they may need to be more aware of, and feedback from poll workers is incorporated in election planning. I especially like that at every training for poll workers she says "the goal is for every eligible voter to be able to cast a ballot and for that ballot to be counted".
15) Maribeth does everything possible to make voting easy—early voting sites in all the public libraries, special events like "Democracy in the Park," where people can register and drop off absentee ballots at any city park, having trained Voting Ambassadors who know the system and can help voters. She's super organized and bent on providing assistance to every voter who needs it.
16) MW-B has long history of involving citizens in voter outreach, has excellent and accessible classes on how to register to vote and help others to do so. She communicates clearly and in timely fashion all the nuances and law changes which have increased in the past 6 years. But she outdid all of her past excellence when she helped all of us help each other during the COVID crises in the spring and fall elections of 2020. Her creative, well-researched and well-executed DEMOCRACY IN THE PARKS absentee ballot collection effort is only one example. Most importantly, she is ALWAYS positive and affirming--and believes in her work. That's why I (we) believe in her. Thanks
Village of McFarland
“I have been a poll worker for the Village of McFarland for about three years now and throughout that time, I have witnessed Cassandra’s commitment to help each and every citizen successfully cast their ballot. She crafts frequent updates for the Village website, sharing information about requesting absentee ballots, dates for early voting, where to find information, etc. I just cannot say enough about our Village Clerk here in McFarland. I am so proud to work with her and her staff!”
Nominated by Bruce Krawisz
"Deborah is very careful to follow every voting procedure. She arranges to have enough workers at all polls Deborah carefully followed COVID safety rules in 2020 election, provided masks, gloves, alcohol-soaps. She arranged for plexiglass screens to protect poll workers. She tests computers in advance and trains poll workers well in advance of each election. Deborah encourages a strictly non-partisan work environment at polls. She is available to poll workers when unusual questions arise."
Nominated by Catherine Cleary
"My husband and I live a significant amount of time in another city and only rarely do our stays in the municipality coincide with election dates. I've signed us up for absentee ballots so we don't miss an election. With all the talk of killing off sorting machines and narrowing the time to return our ballots Joe and I have been fearful that the delay in our ballots arriving meant that we weren't going to be able to vote, so I called Cally and she told me where the voting process was, when the ballots would be ready, and when they were required to be returned. I worried about that too, so once again I called her. She again patiently told me how to see whether my ballot had arrived. When we are in Menomonie, she helped us cancel our absentee ballots so we could vote in person and then reapply for absentee ballots. I am confident that she is excruciatingly honest, careful, dedicated, hard-working and deserving of praise."
Nominated by Carol Lee
"Claire did a great job ensuring that voters had the opportunity to register and vote early in our neighborhoods. She worked very hard to find ballot dropboxes when there was a shortage, and she made sure they were placed at all public libraries in the City of Milwaukee; she also set up satellite election commission stations at many libraries, where citizens could register to vote, fill out absentee ballots, have ballots witnessed, and turn in completed ballots."
Nominated by Gail Sklodowska
“I have been thrilled with the way mail-in voting has been handled during the pandemic - easy to request online, multiple ways to submit my ballot, and the ability to check ballet status online.”
Nominated by Dorothy Skye
“Kim is extremely well organized for every election. She adapted well to keep in-person voters and her poll workers safe on election days during the pandemic. She reliably distributes absentee ballots in plenty of time. She is always cordial and consistently helpful to constituents and stays up to date on election rules and regulations.”
Nominated by Kay Brooks
“[Michelle] considers it important to make sure that all persons receive the accommodations they need. When she started, she was impressed by handicap booths on Election Day and all that was done by local Care Facilities leading up to elections. Michelle totally follows proper protocol for an Election Official but tries to think outside the box so that everyone who qualifies is able to vote. As [Michelle] says, “Barriers can come in all shapes, sizes, and pandemics. Our municipality has learned that creativity and kindness makes things go smoothly!””
Nominated by Ann Gainey
|“Pat Campbell has adjusted and organized with great efficiency all the necessary safe practices needed for residents to vote in the Town of Norway. In addition to the usual vote in person on Election Day, she organized drive in voting, early voting, absentee voting. She organized all of this with her usual grace and pleasant demeanor. Pat is always accessible for questions and is ever present during the election process.”|
Nominated by Robin Schmidt
|“Mary is determined that any eligible voter that wants to vote has the ability to vote. If a voter with mobility issues cannot easily get out of their vehicle, she is set up to be able to bring the poll book and ballot to them in their vehicle. At least on one occasion, she has hand delivered the form to request an absentee ballot to an aging resident who did not have the technical capacity to download or request the form on-line. Because we live in a close community, Mary understands the needs of her voters, treats them like family, and is highly creative in ensuring voter accessibility for all. She goes above and beyond, because she truly believes that every vote should count.”|
Nominated by Tori Vesely and Khrista Linnevold
|Tori says, “She is a real hero in the community. I never worry whether my vote will be counted, whether I vote in person, absentee, democrat, republican or write-in, because I KNOW Marie will make sure all ballots are counted & elections are handled fairly & securely.”|
Nominated by Sue Mitchell
"Diane has plans in place for a ballot to be taken to someone parked outside who is unable to access the polling location (fire department). She is also thorough in sending out absentee ballots and correcting any missing information from witnesses."
Nominated by Annemarie McClellan, Joan Custer and Susan Hall
1)Cheryl goes above and beyond to ensure that all activities needed to be done to ensure a fair election, are followed. She is very detailed in the preparation of Absentee Ballots and verifies the information. She is a real asset to Wisconsin elections.
2)I think all clerks who worked during the 2020 elections are outstanding but Cheryl Miller stands out in her dedication to educating voters with her extensive knowledge. Cheryl Miller was instrumental in establishing the League of Women Voters Greater Chippewa Valley (LWV-GCV) chapter in 2017. She has served as the chapter Secretary since inception. She has conducted dozens of voter registration educational training sessions. She keeps the LWV-GCV updated on the voting process. This was especially important when absentee balloting became necessary during the COVID pandemic. Local residents greatly appreciated Cheryl's detailed description of how votes are counted during an online forum. Cheryl is a tireless worker, always ready to share information and help during local candidate forums. Cheryl Miller is a woman of high integrity and ensures our votes really do count.
3) I am nominating Cheryl as she has shared her knowledge and experience as a Town Clerk with our League of Women Voters Board while serving as secretary for our chapter. She went the extra mile when she participated in an educational voter forum we organized and made available to the public in August, 2020.
Nominated by Jane Roberts
"Barb really is an exceptional town clerk. She keeps up on the latest information. While following all the rules, she makes voting as accessible as possible. She made sure there was a secure drop off box next to the town hall for the presidential election and that it was emptied each day. She announces hours for early voting on the website and is available by phone. The township is not large, which means there are not regular office hours at the Town Hall. She welcomes voters to her home when necessary. She does an excellent job training poll workers. She just ran for re-election, so will continue as our very efficient and capable town clerk."
Nominated by Marianne Ewig
"Amy is always prompt and responsive. She understands essential use of absentee ballots for some voters and has a system to nudge voters to renew each January."
Nominated by Judith Schure
"Julie has done an amazing job in developing our new voting space that is large and accessible for all. She is very organized, pleasant with all the workers and certainly with the general public. All our Election workers have had to be flexible and quick to act with all the changes in voting rules and Julie has responded especially well. Julie has set up appropriate training for all the workers so we all understand our responsibilities. We are so fortunate to have her as our City Clerk."
Nominated by Terry Larson
"Sun Prairie Municipal Clerk Elena Hilby does excellent work on behalf of the citizens of Sun Prairie. Her expertise with the multitude of tasks included in her job is very evident. The best evidence of that is how her own professionalism and good work flow through the actions and attitudes of her staff. My most direct experience with the municipal clerk staff is as a poll worker. Her staff are very patient with the multitude of well-aged volunteers on those very stressful days when the polls are open. The staff have been, without fail, helpful when a voter or an equipment issue arises. The training Elena does to prepare poll workers is thorough and easily understood as long as one is paying attention. All the work that Elena and her staff do shows that the voting right of every citizen in Sun Prairie as extremely important to them. During the April election, I was happy to work with two high school seniors who were also poll officials. They were fast-learners and did a great job. Elena does fine work and deserves to be recognized for it. Thanks for this opportunity to recognize her and her staff."
Nominated by Janice Thornberg
|“This past year Tina helped me do several presentations on absentee voting. She reviewed my PowerPoint on absentee voting for accuracy, she attended each training session and used her expertise to answer questions. We were able to do the presentation several times over the summer…reaching over 500 voters across the state. She was able to purchase a new drop box this year and placed it in the front of our Town of Waterford Office. Tina Mayer exemplifies the kind of clerk who goes out of her way to have everyone legally possible to participate in voting.”|
Nominated by Barbara Beckert
|“Whitefish Bay was a leader in supporting community members to safely vote during the pandemic. In advance of the April 2020 election, WFB printed up and mailed absentee ballot applications to its roughly 10,000 registered voters. This was helpful for many residents who had increased vulnerability to COVID 19, including residents who have a disability, and older adults. I heard many community members express appreciation to the village for taking action to support residents to request an absentee ballot.”|
Nominated by Virginia Laurent
"She is a tireless worker faced with the challenges Covid-19 brought. We were one of the earlier communities to have a drop box for absentee ballots. Very helpful to absentee voters."
Nominated by Anne-Marie Elowson-Peterson
"Michael has been a great resource. He has helped me figure out why I couldn’t use MyVote to request an absentee ballot—data entry error on the part of the town—and has been helpful in passing on information about the placement of dropboxes in Racine County so that I could share information with the League. He is a super guy, prompt and pleasant. He definitely deserves commendation."