Wisconsin Democracy Campaign won its three-year battle against the state’s contract with Accenture, a global outsourcing firm, to develop a computerized voter registration system for Wisconsin. Privatizing this project was more expensive than if public employees had done the work, and Accenture’s track record of doing such work was suspect.
In addition, the computer code that Accenture created was originally a trade secret and considered private property–which would have restricted the state’s access to it if questions or problems arose. And the code was critical, since it was to be used to verify and, if need be, eliminate voters from voting rolls.
Thanks to Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s efforts, the Accenture contract was terminated and the state’s voter registration system belongs to the people of Wisconsin.
Moreover, the state was able to recoup $6 million in taxpayer dollars that were slated to go to Accenture.