Wausau switches to digital poll books // WJFW Newswatch 12


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Local News Posted 07/21/2021 06:34 PM, Last updated 07/21/21 07:14 PM

Wausau – Voters can expect to spend less time at the polls by using badger books that will allow people to log in or register to vote more efficiently and securely.

“The Badger Book is an electronic poll book,” said Wausau City Clerk Leslie Kremer. “All the voter information is there, the poll worker checks it, the voter signs on an electronic device and the number is automatically issued.”

It’s a one-step process, as Kremer says, that will only feel familiar faster, especially if you need to sign up.

“Instead of having to say ‘I’m sorry’ you have to do another line and wait in that line to check in, it can all be done in one place,” Kremer said.

Virtual books store information that will not be connected to the internet, which means your information is safe and secure.

“This is set up by the Wisconsin Election Commission, so it’s a state-run program, security is very high,” Kremer said. “There is little to no chance of a hack.”

It is uploaded to the my vote system in real time, speeding up a database that used to take months to complete.

The upgrade will reduce human error, limit paper waste, and require half the poll workers. The city plans to hold an event for the public to learn how to use them well.

Voters will use the new books in the upcoming February 2022 primary elections. The city’s goal is to have enough badger books to cover all voting sites in the future.

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