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Deininger selected chairman of elections board

Judge David Deininger

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Judge David Deininger has been selected as chairman of the nonpartisan board that oversees elections in Wisconsin.

Deininger picked his own name at random from a glass vase Thursday to serve as chairman for this year. He succeeds Judge Tom Barland.

A new chairman is selected at random by the Government Accountability Board at the first meeting of every year. The board is comprised of six retired judges who each serve staggered six-year terms.

The board works with local election clerks on administering elections and is also in the spotlight for its role verifying signatures on petitions being circulated to recall Gov. Scott Walker and four Republicans from office.

Deininger is a former Green County circuit court and state appeals court judge.

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