The state Elections Commission says it’s giving municipalities the tools to implement electronic, instead of paper, poll books in time for the 2018 election cycle. Commissioners in June approved building an electronic poll book system and offering the software, at no cost, to Wisconsin’s municipal clerks, who partner with the commission to administer elections. The commission says it intends to pilot the system in at least three jurisdictions in the 2018 spring elections and make it available to all for the 2018 August primary election.
E-poll book use will be voluntary for each of the more than 1,800 cities, villages or towns in Wisconsin, each of which administers elections within its boundary. Last month the commission began to survey municipal clerks about how they think the new system should function.
… Commission director Michael Haas has acknowledged e-poll books present cyber-security concerns. U.S. officials reportedly believe Russian-backed efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. elections included cyber-incursions into voter databases and software systems in various states, including Illinois.