Clerks, election officials hold briefing to review rules, processes before voters cast ballots

MADISON, Wis. — Election clerks and experts took part in a briefing Monday to go over information on the state’s election rules and processes.

The briefing comes less than a month before the Nov. 8 election and in the wake of a number of legal challenges to election guidance implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the briefing, clerks stressed there are numerous steps in place to prevent fraud and ensure ballots are counted properly.

“Our systems are extremely secure because we are heavily encrypted,” Rock County Clerk Lisa Tollefson said. “Our elections are stand-alone, they are not connected to any other systems. Our programming is hardened, which means we can’t go in and change programming to add votes to someone else.”

Over the past few elections, there was concern about a poll worker shortage, but clerks said Monday they have backup lists in case workers drop out, among other precautions.

“We actually will share poll workers between municipalities if needed and that’s because you only have to be a resident of a county, you don’t have to be a resident of a municipality,” Rock County Clerk Lisa Tollefson said.

Any voter who feels like they haven’t been treated fairly or is being harassed can call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) to talk to someone about the state’s election laws or relief.