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.
Municipal Voting Equipment Lists
Detailed Information About Equipment Certification
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.
ClearBallot Group ClearVote 1.4 was certified for use and sale in the State of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on December 8, 2017 at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission.
ClearBallot Group ClearVote 2.0 was certified for use and sale in the State of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on December 2, 2019 at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission.
On June 18, 2015, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board granted approval of the Dominion Democracy Suite 4.14-D and 4.14-DS voting systems. The certification was amended by Wisconsin Elections Commission on July 2, 2021.
Democracy Suite 5.5-C and 5.5-CS were approved for sale and use by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on June 2, 2021.
ES&S EVS 6040 and 6050 were certified for use and sale in the State of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on September 24, 2019.
ES&S EVS 5341 was certified for use and sale in the State of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on December 2, 2019.
ES&S EVS 5240 and 5340 were certified for use and sale in the State of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on June 11, 2019.
On June 20, 2017, the Wisconsin Elections Commission approved ES&S Voting Systems EVS 220.127.116.11 and EVS 18.104.22.168 for use in Wisconsin.
On September 4, 2014, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (Board) approved ES&S EVS 22.214.171.124 and EVS 126.96.36.199 voting systems for sale and use in the State of Wisconsin.
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- Optech Insight optical scan ballot reader, version. APXK2.10/HPX K1.42;
- AVC Edge with VeriVote Printer DRE system, version 5.024;
- WinEDS 3.1.012 management software.
The State Elections Board approved this equipment at the March 22, 2006 meeting.