Barely two weeks before the next statewide election day, the people who run Wisconsin’s new voting information website are making last-minute changes in an effort to ensure that the site does what it says it will. The month-old site, MyVote.Wi.Gov, was undergoing updates and outright fixes Friday afternoon in advance of the Aug. 9 primaries. And upgrades are likely to continue this week, State Elections Commission officials said. The biggest Friday fix repaired a glitch that made it so no one in Green Bay could look up his or her polling place via the site. Officials with the Elections Commission worked with the Green Bay City Clerk’s Office to solve the problem after being alerted by a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reporter that part of the site wasn’t working for anyone with a Green Bay address.
Mike Haas, the state’s chief election official, said the problem stemmed from a missed deadline on Green Bay’s end, and was fixed about 20 minutes after the reporter brought it to his attention. He acknowledged that some municipalities are almost certainly in the same boat, but said there is time to get them fixed before voters go to the polls for the Aug. 9 primary elections.
“The system is built for voters, and it does what it is supposed to do for voters,” he said. “but if people find parts turning out not to be useable, we want to hear about it … We’ll continue to look for ways to continue to improve the website.”