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Republicans allege open meetings violation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice is reviewing a complaint filed by nine Republican lawmakers alleging that the state elections board routinely violated the open meetings law.

The lawmakers sent Attorney General Brad Schimel a letter Wednesday alleging that testimony by Government Accountability Board Chairman Gerald Nichol “raised serious questions” about whether the law was violated.

The lawmakers say the board may have had a “walking quorum.” That happens when small numbers of board members have discussions in sufficient numbers to reach a quorum, without everyone being together at the same time.

GAB spokesman Reid Magney says the board carefully follows the open meetings law, and the communication described by Nichol was designed to avoid a “walking quorum” from occurring.

DOJ spokeswoman Anne Schwartz says the letter is under review.

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