Voters in the Town of Barton will see new election equipment at the polls in 2023 with the recent purchase of Badger Books.
Overview: In 2017, Wisconsin Elections Commission developed an electronic poll book application for use in Wisconsin elections. The Badger Book is the only electronic poll book authorized for use in Wisconsin and is the only e-poll book application with direct WisVote integration. Badger Books do not use an internet connection.
The Badger Book is used to check in voters, process Election Day Registrations (EDRs), and record absentee participation. In short, Badger Books perform the functions currently processed on paper poll book. After Election Day, a data file generated from the Badger Book is used to upload election participation and Election Day Registration information into WisVote.
Some benefits of Badger Books that will impact Voters include:
- No need for separate lines as all devices are identical
- Signing of electronic poll book is quick and easy
- Efficient voter registration process (no paper form to complete)