BADGER Voters (http://BADGERVoters.gab.wi.gov) is a website designed to allow users to request, generate a quote for, purchase, and download Wisconsin voter registration and election participation data from the WisVote (formerly the Statewide Voter Registration System or SVRS). Users can complete this entire process online and independently 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Wisconsin statutes and administrative rules establish the cost of purchasing WisVote data. The price is $25 plus $5 per 1,000 voter records, rounded to the nearest 1,000. The minimum charge is $30 and the maximum cost is $12,500 (2.5 million or more voter records). Rather than first contacting Wisconsin Elections Commission staff or a municipal or county clerk, individuals can make any of six standard requests independently through the Badger Voters website. These include:
- all statewide registered voters
- all registered voters in a jurisdiction or district
- voters from specific elections
- absentees from a specific election
- absentee requests within a given date range
The site also allows users to submit a custom data request that is outside of the standard requests. Such requests require additional staff time to process, and additional charges may apply which could exceed the $12,500 cost limit. A detailed manual is available on the site under Help and FAQs on the left-side menu and at this link: BADGER Voters Manual.
In order to access the BADGER Voters website, requesters must first obtain a State of Wisconsin username and password by registering for a Wisconsin External domain account (WIEXT). This account provides users with access to multiple State of Wisconsin web applications, including the BADGER Voters SharePoint website. Users can purchase the data by using a MasterCard or Visa credit card, electronic funds transfer (EFT, or “e-check”) online through a secure website managed by the State of Wisconsin. Payment by check or cash via mail or in-person is also still accepted.
The BADGER Voters site achieves several goals, including:
- helping to reduce the workload of local election officials
- improving public access to election information
- using technology to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and the quality of customer service
County and municipal clerks may direct data requestors directly to the BADGER Voters site, or may continue to generate data requests directly from WisVote, per the established data cost requirements and pricing. Requesters who are unable to access the BADGER Voters site to submit their voter data request or download the file should contact the WEC Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 261-2028.
About WisVote Voter Participation Data
Statewide voter participation and elections data is available from September 2006 to present. Prior to 2006, voter registration and participation records were maintained by municipal clerks; however, municipalities with populations of 5,000 and under were not required to keep a voter registration list.
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