A proposal up for a hearing Tuesday in an Assembly committee would allow the use of electronic voting machines for early voting in Wisconsin. Right now, early voting is done by paper ballot. Those ballots are either mailed or turned in to clerks’ offices and stored until Election Day. Under the proposal, local governments would have the option of adding electronic voting machines for early voting. The machines would be fed paper ballots and store the votes electronically until they can be counted on Election Day.
Early voting, also known as in-person absentee voting, has been on the rise in recent years.
Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, the bill’s sponsor, said local election officials have contacted her about their increasing work load.
“What started out as just a few thousand ballots has now turned into thousands and thousands of ballots for the local communities,” Brandtjen said.