Bill to let absentee voters use electronic voting machines passes Assembly


Voters would be able to cast in-person absentee ballots using electronic voting machines under legislation that cleared the Assembly on a voice vote.

Now, those voting absentee in person have to fill out paper ballots, seal them in an envelope and sign the envelope. They then aren’t opened and tallied until Election Day, a timeline some clerks and the bill’s author argued strains poll workers and taps into local resources.

Under the bill from Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, those ballots still wouldn’t be tallied until Election Day. But municipal clerks would have to post a daily tally of ballots cast — if the municipalities opted into giving its voters the option to cast ballots that way.

The bill now heads to the Senate.