Voting Equipment Approval Process
The Wisconsin Elections Commission has provided a set of administrative rules to establish the process for the approval of electronic voting equipment in Wisconsin.
When applying for approval in Wisconsin the voting equipment manufacturer must submit reports from Voting System Test Laboratories (VSTL’s) approved by the United States Election Assistance Commission that the equipment has been qualified to meet the current standards / guidelines.
Voting equipment and materials are reviewed by Wisconsin Elections Commission staff and an advisory panel of local election officials. The vendor must set up and demonstrate a series of mock elections; a spring nonpartisan election with a Presidential Preference vote, a September partisan primary election and a November general election. There will also be a separate demonstration for members of the public, including persons with disabilities and Legislators.
After the Wisconsin Elections Commission staff and the advisory panel have reviewed the test results and examined the equipment, the system is demonstrated at a Commission meeting. The Wisconsin Elections Commission review consists of a demonstration and a review of the evaluation made by the advisory panel and Commission staff. The Wisconsin Elections Commission makes the final determination on the approval of the voting system at a public meeting.
Note: As part of state and federal system approval, only voting equipment included in a single voting system certification is allowed to be used together to conduct an election in Wisconsin. Previous system versions that were approved by the former State Elections Board, former GAB, or previously approved by WEC are not compatible with a newly approved voting system. Unless decertified, these systems may continue to be used in Wisconsin elections. However, equipment components from different system versions cannot be used together.