Mayor's office responds to UWGB early voting decision

Posted at 10:50 AM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 23:21:16-04
UPDATE: Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has released a statement which reads in part: "The media allegations that the City Clerk is attempting to curtail Democratic voting for this election are completely false.  
When the Clerk was approached by a state Democratic representative, she sought guidance from the City Attorney’s Office, and was informed that election law requires neutrality in identifying satellite polling locations.
She also sought counsel directly from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission and Wisconsin Elections Commission, the very agencies charged with ensuring she follows Wisconsin election law." 
Newly released emails show Green Bay's city clerk refused to set up an early voting site on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus in partly because she feared the site would help Democrats.
One Wisconsin Institute, a liberal advocacy group, obtained emails from City Clerk Kris Teske that show state Rep. Eric Genrich, a Green Bay Democrat, was pressing her in August to open an early voting site on the campus. Teske refused, citing budget constraints, ballot security and staffing issues.
She also pointed to statutes that prohibit early voting sites that give a political party an advantage. She wrote she had heard students lean more toward Democrats and Genrich is a Democrat.
The Nation first reported on the emails Tuesday. Teske declined comment when reached by The Associated Press.