Voting Equipment Approval Process
The Wisconsin State Elections Board has promulgated a set of administrative rules to establish the process for the approval of electronic voting equipment in Wisconsin. Before the State Elections Board will begin the process the vendor must sign a written agreement to pay the related costs of the approval process.
When applying for approval in Wisconsin the vendor must submit a copy of a report from an independent testing authority approved by the National Association of State Election Directors that the equipment has been qualified to meet the current 2002 standards established by the Election Assistance Commission.
Voting equipment and materials are reviewed by Elections Board 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 two November general elections, one that includes a presidential ballot and one that includes a ballot for statewide partisan offices including Governor. There will also be a separate demonstration for members of the public, including persons with disabilities and legislators.
After the Elections Board staff and the advisory panel have reviewed the test results and examined the equipment, the system is demonstrated at an Elections Board meeting. The Elections Board review consists of a demonstration and a review of the evaluation made by the advisory panel and the Elections Board staff. The Elections Board makes the final determination on the approval of the voting system at a public meeting.
Several Vendors have expressed interest in selling voting equipment in Wisconsin. The lists below detail all vendors with approved or pending complete applications for approval. A more detailed status report regarding voting equipment can be found here.
Accessible Voting Equipment Funding:
Section 301(3) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires that every voting system used in a federal election:
be accessible for individuals with disabilites, including nonvisual accessibility for the blind and visually impaired, in a manner that provided the same for accesss and participation (including privacy and independence) as for other voters....through the use of at least one direct recording electronic voting system or other voting system equipped for individuals with disabilites at each polling place.
In order to comply with this requirement, $18,000,000 in HAVA funds has been allocated for the purchase of one accessible voting system per polling place. This memo explains how municipalities can access these funds. The Accessible Voting Equipment Funding Application should be used by municipalities that apply for funding. The Request for Reimbursement form should be used when submitting invoices, paid receipts, and certificate of performance compliance.
Approved Voting Equipment:
- Diebold Election System:
- System assigned National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) system ID # N-1-06-22-22-001:
- TSX DRE Touch Screen and AccuView Printer Module, version 4.6.3 (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment)
- AccuVote-OS (model D) Optical Scan, version 1.96.6 (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment);
- Global Elections Management System (GEMS) software, version 1.18.24 (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment).
The State Elections Board approved this equipment, along with a series of security recommendations, at the March 22, 2006 meeting.
- Election System & Software:
- Unity Election Management Suite, version 2.4.3 (click here to see a demonstration of this software), approved under NASED # N-1-02-21-21-002.
- AutoMARK ballot marker version 1.0 (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment), approved under NASED # N-1-16-22-22-001.
This equipment was approved by the Elections Board January 18, 2006
System assigned NASED # N-2-02-22-22-005:
Unity Election Management Suite, version 188.8.131.52; AutoMARK ballot marker, version 1.2; iVotronic DRE with Real Time Audit Log, version 184.108.40.206; and, Model 100/150/550/650 optical scan equipment, version 220.127.116.11 (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment).
AutoMARK ballot marker version 1.1.2258 (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment). NASED #: N-2-16-22-22-003
The AutoMARK ballot marker (versions 1.0 and 1.1.2258) was also approved for the following additional uses:
In municipalities that hand count paper ballots if the ballot used and marked by the AutoMARK could also be counted by using ES&S optical scan equipment.
For marking ES&S ballots which would be hand-counted and added to the results generated by voting equipment manufactured by other vendors.
This equipment was approved by the Elections Board April 26, 2006.
Populex: Populex Digital Paper Ballot Voting System, version 2.3 (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment). Approval contingent of receipt of final Independent Testing Agency reports and assignment of NASED system ID number.
The State Elections Board approved this equipment at the May 17, 2006 meeting.
- Sequoia Voting Systems: System assigned NASED system ID # N-1-07-22-22-002:
- Optech Insight optical scan ballot reader, version. APXK2.10/HPX K1.42 (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment);
- AVC Edge with VeriVote Printer DRE system, version 5.024 (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment);
- WinEDS 3.1.012 management software.
The State Elections Board approved this equipment at the March 22, 2006 meeting.
- Vote-PAD: Voting-on-Paper Assistive Device (click here to see a demonstration of this equipment)
This non-electronic system equipment was approved for use in municipalities that hand-count paper ballots by the Elections Board on January 18, 2006.
Voting Technologies International: VotWare DRE Voting System, firmware release version 18.104.22.168; Ballot Builder v. 22.214.171.124g; Surevote DRE v.126.96.36.199g; EMSTools v.188.8.131.52h, and related system components.
The State Elections Board approved this equipment at the July 19, 2006 meeting.
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