County Clerk
 

Milwaukee County Clerk

George L. Christenson

 

Due to Covid-19, the safety of our customers and employees is our priority; therefore, EXCEPT for service of legal documents and claims against Milwaukee County, an appointment is required for services. Please call the Office of the County Clerk at (414) 278-4067 to schedule your appointment.

Milwaukee County Elections Commission

Making sure the election process throughout the county is efficient, accurate and transparent. For more information visit the Milwaukee County Election Commission.

Voter Outreach Resources

Accurate, accessible and free information to help communicate with voters. For more information visit Voter Outreach Resources for education materials.

Wisconsin Elections Commission

The Wisconsin Elections Commission administers Wisconsin's election laws. For more information visit Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Your County Clerk

George L. Christenson

George Christenson is a lifetime resident of Milwaukee County and was elected Milwaukee County Clerk in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.

After attending West Allis Nathan Hale High School, George went on to earn a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

George began his commitment to public service in 1993 serving as a legislative assistant to Wisconsin State Representative Jeannette Bell. George moved on to become executive director of Riverworks Development Corporation, an organization with the mission to renew a historically under-served community on Milwaukee’s northside.

George then served as the deputy executive director and director of economic development for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 2010, Milwaukee County Clerk Joseph Czarnezki appointed George to serve as Milwaukee County Deputy County Clerk.

George has three sons, Matthew, Cameron and Bennett. George is a volunteer with his local Boy Scouts of America troop. His son Cameron is an Eagle Scout and Bennett is a Life Scout.

What We Do

We issue marriage licenses, register all lobbyists and lobbying principals and report lobbying activity to the public. We also accept applications for passports and sell Milwaukee County bus fares and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) licenses and permits.

As an information clearinghouse for county government, the County Clerk administers oaths of office, maintains the central files for Milwaukee County reports, records, contracts and corporate documents, and receives and publicly opens competitive bids for county contracts. We also receive claims filed against Milwaukee County.

We record the proceedings of the County Board of Supervisors, maintain all legislative files, update existing ordinances and publish new ordinances online. We staff all County Board meetings. We maintain the County Legislative Information Center (CLIC), which provides online public access to legislative documents, meeting agendas and minutes and live streaming of County Board meetings.

If you would like to receive email announcements and meeting notices from the Office of the County Clerk, Election Commission and other county government departments, use our E-Notify tool.

 

Where We Are Located

First Floor Courthouse Map

Where to Park

Park Milwaukee

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Press Releases

Clerk Christenson Celebrates National Voter Registration Day

Sep-20-2022

On September 20, 2022, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive cross-country effort to register voters ahead of the hotly contested midterm elections. Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson and Milwaukee County Election Commission Director Michelle Hawley made the following statements.

Milwaukee County 2022 Spring Election Canvass Has Not Stopped

Apr-07-2022

Reports that the canvass of the 2022 Spring Election conducted by the Milwaukee County Election Commission has stopped are incorrect. The canvass will continue daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until its conclusion. The canvass is open to the public and is subject to the State’s Open Meetings Law.

Clerk Christenson Informs Early Voters About the Option to Change Their Vote

Jul-29-2022

Today Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson held a press conference to inform the public on how to “spoil” their ballot in order to change their vote.

County Clerk Christenson Denounces Senate Blocking Common Sense Absentee Ballot Bill

Mar-08-2022

Today members of the Wisconsin State Senate opted to not take up a bill which would have allowed early counting of absentee ballots, due to pressure from conservative activists and lawmakers. The bill passed the State Assembly with a bipartisan majority.

Clerk Christenson Applauds Adoption of Resolution Funding Voter Education and Outreach

Jul-28-2022

Today the County Board of Supervisors adopted (13-4) a proposal by Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson to allocate $50,000 to the Office of the County Clerk and Milwaukee County Election Commission to increase voter outreach and education efforts.

Milwaukee County Election Commission to Report 2022 Spring Primary and Special Election Results

Feb-15-2022

The Milwaukee County Election Commission will report the results of the 2022 Spring Primary and Special Elections in real time on Tuesday, February 15 in the cafeteria of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Results will also be posted online throughout the evening at the County Clerk/Election Commission’s website and the County Clerk’s official Facebook page.

Clerk Christenson Stands with Community Groups Seeking Expanded Ballot Access

Jul-21-2022

Today County Clerk George Christenson joined Pastor Greg Lewis of Souls to the Polls, Chantay Nelson of All Voting is Local and members of SEIU, as well as County Supervisors Felesia A. Martin and Steven Shea for an event promoting a County Board proposal to provide funding to the Milwaukee County Election Commission for a voter education and outreach campaign.

County Clerk Christenson Calls Out Former Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch’s Hypocrisy on Voting as Indefinitely Confined in 2020 Election

Jan-21-2022

County Clerk George Christenson issued the following statement regarding today’s revelation that the Wisconsin Gubernatorial candidate and former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch voted as indefinitely confined in the April 2020 election.

Clerk Christenson Condemns Supreme Court Decision to Disallow Use of Drop Boxes

Jul-08-2022

"This unfortunate and erroneous decision from the Wisconsin Supreme Court today impedes democracy, but my office will work closely with municipalities to ensure as much access to the polls as possible, within the limits of the law," said Milwaukee County Clerk George L. Christenson.

Milwaukee County Clerk’s Office Offering Online Marriage License and Passport Appointment Booking Starting December 6

Dec-02-2021

The Milwaukee County Clerk’s Office is launching its online appointment booking platform next week. As of Monday, December 6, 2021 customers will have the ability to book their Marriage License and Passport application appointments via the County Clerk’s website.

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In The News

Wisconsin Examiner: Activists, County Officials Kick Off Early Voting in Milwaukee

Jul-27-2022

Voting rights activists, community organizers and elected officials gathered at the Midtown Center in Milwaukee Tuesday to mark the first day of early voting for the Aug. 9 primary election — a call to the polls that focused on the voting power of minority and marginalized communities.

TMJ4: Milwaukee Co. Clerk Offering Online Marriage License, Passport Appointment Booking

Dec-02-2021

Starting next Monday you will be able to book appointments for marriage licenses and passports on the Milwaukee County Clerk's website. Before the pandemic hit, residents would show up to the clerk's office to get licenses.

WPR: Milwaukee County Plans Campaign to Promote Voter Education

Jul-25-2022

Milwaukee County leaders hope to launch an effort to promote voting and voter registration as Wisconsin residents continue to deal with the fallout of lawsuits and rule changes surrounding access to the ballot box.

WISN: GOP Election Review Focuses On Ballot Handling In Milwaukee County

Oct-27-2021

Part of the focus of a new state Senate investigation into the 2020 election will focus on why Milwaukee County, the city of Madison and the town of Little Suamico did not let state auditors handle ballots during their post-election review.

WISN: Upfront Recap With County Clerk George Christenson

Mar-13-2022

Some local election officials are decrying the Legislature's inaction to get a bipartisan proposal to Gov. Tony Evers' desk that would have allowed cities like Milwaukee begin processing absentee ballots the day before Election Day.

WPR: Milwaukee, Madison Officials Push Back On New GOP Election Probe

Oct-26-2021

Officials in Milwaukee and Madison are pushing back on a new Republican-backed investigation into Wisconsin’s 2020 election, saying it mischaracterizes their actions during a previous election inquiry and attacks local governments for following a federal election law.

Milwaukee Independent: Indefinitely Confined - Critics Call Out Kleefisch's Hypocrisy On Voting Method in 2020 Election

Jan-26-2022

It was publicly revealed recently that Rebecca Kleefisch, a Republican and Wisconsin Gubernatorial candidate, labeled herself as indefinitely confined in March 2020, just before the April presidential primary and general election for State Supreme Court.

CBS 58: More Election Subpoenas Possible, Milwaukee County Clerk Defends Actions During Audit

Oct-26-2021

A top Republican signaled on Oct. 26, there could be more subpoenas issued in the ongoing election investigation. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said it's possible additional subpoenas could be issued to election officials before a judge decides whether the subpoenas are valid.

CBS 58: Milwaukee County Clerk's Office To Offer Online Marriage License, Passport Appointment Booking

Dec-02-2021

Milwaukee County is making it a little easier to apply for marriage licenses and passports. Starting Monday, Dec. 6, you can book an appointment through the county clerk's online booking system.

CBS 58: Milwaukee County Clerk Responds To Election Investigator's Threat Of Subpoenas

Sep-20-2021

The lead investigator hired by Republican lawmakers to investigate the 2020 presidential election had a strong message to clerks in a video message, that he's willing to issue subpoenas if they don't corporate with his review.

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