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E-Poll Book Update – 2018 Pilot Information

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December 15, 2017
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Wisconsin County Clerks
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Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
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City of Milwaukee Election Commission
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Milwaukee County Election Commission
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Sara Linski, WisVote Elections Specialist
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2018 Pilot Information

The Wisconsin Elections Commission staff is excited to announce six locations for e-poll book pilot testing for the 2018 February and April elections.

2018 Spring Primary Pilot Sites - February 20, 2018

Municipality
County
Polling Location
Ward(s)
City of Sun Prairie
Dane County
Colonial Club
1-5
Town of Grand Chute
Outagamie County
Grand Chute Town Hall
1-18
City of Mequon
Ozaukee County
Pieper Power Education Center
8-10

2018 Spring Election Pilot Sites – April 3, 2018

Municipality
County
Polling Location
Ward(s)
City of Brookfield
Waukesha County
Brookfield Public Safety Building
14-17
Town of Trenton
Washington County
Trenton Town Hall
1-8
City of Beloit
Rock County
First Congressional Church
16

Thank you to all who volunteered to be a part of the e-poll book pilot.  We plan to use the pilot as an opportunity to assess the e-poll book before making it widely available in Fall 2018.  Election inspectors at the pilot locations will be required to attend e-poll book specific training and will be supported by on site Wisconsin Elections Commission staff on Election Day.  The e-poll book will be assessed on its ability to check in voters efficiently and accurately, process absentee envelopes, and register voters on Election Day in comparison to locations that will not use the e-poll book.  We will also assess the e-poll book’s ability to train election inspectors while on the job as it relates to photo ID, proof of residency requirements, and when to offer a provisional ballot.  Performance data will be collected through Election Day observation and surveys completed by election inspectors.  The information collected will inform the updates and improvements made before the launch in the Fall.  As part of pilot testing, we will also need polling locations of similar size and voter make up to serve as a control group to compare e-poll book performance.  Please contact us at epollbook@wi.gov or (608-261-2028) to volunteer to be a control site.

E-poll Book Hardware

The pilot will provide staff and participating election officials with the opportunity to test two configurations for e-poll book hardware.  One configuration will be laptop based, and the other will be based around a point of sales device that will incorporate a screen for the election inspector and an additional voter-facing screen.  Both configurations will have the ability to scan driver licenses and collect e-signatures.  Final hardware options and pricing will depend on the performance evaluations collected during the 2018 pilots and will be provided to local election officials once those determinations are made.

Additional Pilot Opportunities

After the initial February and April pilots, there may be opportunity for additional pilots during any potential special elections.  For those looking to implement e-poll books in their municipality, special elections could provide opportunities to observe the e-poll book in action. Wisconsin Elections Commission staff also plans to hold demonstrations of the system in the Spring and Summer of 2018 as another chance to evaluate the e-poll book for those considering a purchase.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Elections Commission Help Desk at epollbook@wi.gov or (608-261-2028).