What is Badger Voters?
Badger Voters is a website established by the State of Wisconsin Elections Commission to provide a simple and automated way for the public to request voter data lists and candidate nomination papers.
What data is available?
We provide two basic types of data as standard requests: voter records and absentee records as well as PDF scans of candidate nomination papers.
A voter record includes a voter’s name, address, and any contact information they provided with their registration; as well as the electoral districts that voter is in, what elections they voted in, and whether they voted at the polls or absentee back to 2006.
An absentee record includes the requester’s name, address, and any contact information they provided with the absentee request, as well as information about the request and the ballot such as when the request was received by the clerk, when the ballot was issued, whether it was received and whether it was counted or disqualified and why. Absentee subscriptions expire 365-days after the date of purchase. An unsubscribe option is available if you wish to discontinue receiving updates before the expiration date.
Other types of information are available, such as polling place records, but are considered custom requests and additional fees may apply.Statement on Data Availability and Quality 1-2021_0.pdf
Absentee Data Request Data Elements.pdf
Absentee Data Request Spreadsheet Example.csv
Voter Data Request Data Elements.pdf
Voter Data Request Spreadsheet Example.csv
What data is not available?
The WEC will never provide date of birth information (including age or age range), driver license numbers or social security numbers. Additionally, the WEC will never provide information regarding a confidential elector as defined in Wis. Stats. § 6.47.
The WEC does not have any information regarding party preference, demographics, or how a voter actually voted.
Can I be notified if the information I requested has changed?
There is a subscription option for absentee data. Select the subscription option, and then select how often you would like to receive updates. If the data you requested changes in the period, you will be notified and provided a chance to purchase the updated list and only pay for the new records.
How much does it cost?
Nomination paper scans are available through Badger Voters at no charge due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Voter lists and custom requests have a base fee of $25. Additionally, there is a fee of $5 for every thousand records returned by the request, rounded up to a thousand if less than one thousand, or to the nearest thousand if more. The fee is capped at $12,500. If the request would cost more than that amount, it will instead cost $12,500.
Custom requests incur an additional charge of $75 per half hour of development time required to complete the request. Requests requiring less than fifteen minutes will not be charged this fee.
Subscriptions are available for the absentee data section only. Cost includes the full base fee for the initial request, plus a $25 fee for the subscription. However, updates to that subscription will only cost $5 for every thousand new records. There is a $5 base fee for updates to records already purchased, if there are no new records in the data set. Absentee subscriptions expire 365-days after the initial purchase date. Announcement of subscription service: https://elections.wi.gov/node/3991
How do I get my data removed from the list?
There is no provision in the law for removing a voter’s data from the public record. A voter may request their record be inactivated which will prevent it from appearing in standard lists, but a requester may request inactive records at any time. If your record is inactivated, you will need to reregister before you can vote in any election.
What is a confidential elector?
As provided by Wis. Stats. § 6.47, certain victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking may request confidential status. A confidential voter’s record will not appear on any data requests, and their address will not appear in the poll book. They will be assigned a unique identifying number instead.
Can I find out how someone voted?
No. Ballot information is absolutely confidential, and once a ballot is placed into a ballot box or tabulation machine, a ballot cannot be tied back to a voter.
I am an academic/member of the press/candidate/government employee, can I get a free list?
There is no provision in law for data to be provided without charge except to Wisconsin election officials in their official capacity, law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes, subunits of the state government of another state for official purposes, or the Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc. for the purpose of maintaining the official registration list.
Can I use the list for commercial purposes?
Wisconsin law does not place any restrictions on the use of data obtained through this website.
Tips to using Badger Voters
Badger Voters provides self-service to voter data which is downloadable in CSV format which can be opened with Microsoft Excel or a similar application.
- Most information can be generated self-serve without incurring a custom fee or a wait time.
- Enter a county, to drill down further by supervisory and municipality.
- Enter a municipality (county must be entered first), to drill down further by aldermanic, first class school, and ward.
- Your computer must allow pop-ups to make a payment.
- After payment has been processed; log back into your Badger Voters account to refresh the queue and access the new data download link.
How is my file transmitted?
After payment is made, please log out and back into your Badger Voters account to refresh the queue which loads your download link. The data link will remain in your account may be downloaded at any time.
- Nomination Papers: click the download link in your Badger Voters account where scans will populate in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. A separate download link will appear for each candidate selected.
- Voter and Absentee Lists: click the download link in your Badger Voters account where your worksheet will populate in CSV format and will open with Excel or TXT software. Larger files are zipped and can be opened with Excel, Access, or a SQL database.
- For downloads of very large files: an FTP can be specified in your user account or we can exchange through the State's Dropbox folder.