JFC restores 5 of 6 cut Elections Board positions

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Governor Walker's budget included a cut for the equivalent of 6 positions in the Elections Board, arguing that they could continue without those workers.  This is interesting because it has been all too apparent that the board has bare-bones staffing for the ever-increasing requirements being placed upon them.

Apparently even Republicans on the JFC have realized that and have restored 5 of the 6 cut positions.

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, said the commission was "significantly understaffed" as it oversaw the 2016 election and presidential recount.

"We’re trying to make sure that we fulfill our commitment to have an Elections Commission that's going to be assuring that we have legal and ethical elections and help our clerks to do their work as well," Darling said.