Badger Books/E-Poll Books

BADGER BOOKS/E-POLL BOOKS

What is a Badger Book? It is an electronic poll book. The are used to check in voters, print tally slips, enter registrations, and record absentee voters.

In 2017, Wisconsin Elections Commission staff developed an electronic poll book system to be used in polling places in Wisconsin on Election Day. The "Badger Book" is electronic poll book software that is specific to Wisconsin elections practices and statutes. It is the only electronic poll book software created to integrate with the statewide voter registration system. Badger Books do not use an internet connection.

On Election Day

Voter will still state their name and address

Poll worker will look up the information in the Badger Book

Voter shows proper photo identification

Badger Books screen provides all valid types of ID selections that can be used including specific expiration dates

Poll worker turns the Badger Books screen around and the voter signs with finger

Machine automatically prints a voter number slip that the voter uses to get their ballot


Registration on Election Day

Badger Books will ask the poll worker to input what type of ID they received and select what type of Proof of Residence (POR) the voter provided

Election day registration information is encrypted.

Important things to know

Badger Books have the entire statewide database so that a poll worker can look up any registered voter in the State of Wisconsin. Poll workers will be able to tell the voter if they are at the right polling location, what forms of ID are accepted, etc.

The actual process of voting will not change at all. Voters will still vote on paper ballots and The Badger Books will be used in the City of Menomonie polling places beginning with the February 20, 2024 Spring Primary Election. If you have any questions regarding Badger Book electronic poll books, please contact the City Clerk's Office.

BADGER BOOK RECAP:

WHAT THEY ARE:

They are poll books. They check in voters and produce a voter number on a slip of paper for each voter.

They are also used to register voters, and to process absentee ballots.

When voters check in, they will give their names and addresses to the election inspectors, just as they have in the past. The only difference will be that the inspectors will be looking up voter names electronically, rather than in paper poll books. Voters’ signatures will still be required, but voters will sign their names on an electronic screen using their fingers or a stylus, rather than in the paper poll book.

WHAT THEY ARE NOT:

They are not voting machines – you can’t cast votes on them. Voting will continue to be done on paper ballots.

They are not vote tabulators – they don’t count votes. The vote tabulation process will not change.

They are not connected to the internet or any other outside source. They are connected to a server through a router within each polling place that allows the books to talk to each other. They communicate only with each other.

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