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BADGER BOOKS COMING TO THE TOWN OF LANARK!

What is a Badger Book? It is an electronic poll book. They will be used to check in voters, print tally slips, enter registrations, and record absentee voters.

These electronic poll books will work the same as paper.  For instance, just as a voter would sign the paper poll book to get a tally slip in order to get a ballot, the voter will sign the Badger Book.  The election inspector will still look up the voters’ names in the poll book, voters will still sign the poll book, and voters will still get a tally slip (voter number). The only difference is that all of this will be done electronically using the Badger Books.

The actual process of voting will not change at all. Voters will still vote on paper ballots and will still place those ballots in the tabulator. The tabulator is not connected to the Badger books in any way.

The Badger Books are not connected to the internet or to any other outside source.  They are connected only to each other by a private network within the polling place.    

The Badger Books will be used at the Lanark Town Hall August 9, 2022 Primary Election.  Watch this video see how Badger Books will work

BADGER BOOK RECAP:

WHAT THEY ARE:

  • They are poll books. They check in voters and produce a voter number on a slip of paper for each voter.
  • They are also used to register voters, and to process absentee ballots.
  • When voters check in, they will give their names and addresses to the election inspectors, just as they have in the past. The only difference will be that the inspectors will be looking up voter names electronically, rather than in paper poll books. Voters’ signatures will still be required, but voters will sign their names on an electronic screen using their fingers or a stylus, rather than in the paper poll book.

WHAT THEY ARE NOT:

  • They are not voting machines – you can’t cast votes on them. Voting will continue to be done on paper ballots.
  • They are not vote tabulators – they don’t count votes. The vote tabulation process will not change.
  • They are not connected to the internet or any other outside source. They are connected to a server through a router within each polling place that allows the books to talk to each other. They communicate only with each other.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

The next Plan Commission meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10 AM:
(rescheduled from August 4)

The next regular Town Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 16th at 7 PM:
( One week later than usual because of August 9 Primary election)

PRIMARY ELECTION – AUGUST 9

August 9, 2022 is the Partisan Primary for the November 3, 2022 General Election.  Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  See who is on the ballot, register to vote, request an absentee ballot and more at myvote.wi.gov

FREE NITRATE SCREENING AT AMHERST FAIR, JULY 14-17

See the Flyer for details.  This service is FREE to all Portage county residents!

SUMMER ROAD WORK – 2022

The Town of Lanark is rebuilding Oakhills Drive by pulverizing the existing asphalt and mixing it with 6″ of new base material.  New hot mix asphalt will be applied (2″ compressed, 18′ width) and new shoulder material will be installed once the asphalt is in place.  The Town is also crack filling on multiple roads in the Evergreen Hills subdivision and will also fill cracks on Woodland Lane and Madley, Riley, Clinton and Valley View Roads.

The Portage County Highway Department plans to chip seal several sections of County highways in the Town of Lanark.  Work is expected to begin on July 11th

  • County Q (County Road A to County Road B)
  • County Road D (County Q to County Road DD)
  • County Road T (County Road D to County Road DD)

More information about the Portage County Highway Department’s construction plans are available at: https://www.co.portage.wi.us/department/highway-department/construction-updates

A map of the Portage County Highway Department’s 2022 Road work project areas is available at:  https://www.co.portage.wi.us/home/showpublisheddocument/36982/637860498214000000

TRASH TALK

Q:   Why do we separate trash and recyclables when both are dumped into the same truck?

A:   Harter’s, the company that collects trash and recyclables in Lanark, uses trucks that have two compartments, one for trash and the other for recyclables.  These compartments are easy to see when you look at the back of the truck.  This design is more efficient than having separate trucks collecting trash and recyclables. 

When the mechanical arm lifts and dumps your trash or recycling bin into the truck, the bin’s contents are directed into the correct compartment by a hinged lid that exposes the correct bin while covering the opening to the other one.  This 3 minute video from a collection truck manufacturer shows how it works:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAbFLt1yBGM

Upcoming Events
Aug
16
Tue
7:00 pm Town Board meeting
Town Board meeting
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The regular monthly meeting of the Lanark Town board
Sep
1
Thu
10:00 am Plan Commission meeting
Plan Commission meeting
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The monthly meeting of the Plan Commission for the Town of Lanark is held (if necessary).
Sep
13
Tue
7:00 pm Town Board meeting
Town Board meeting
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The regular monthly meeting of the Lanark Town board
Oct
6
Thu
10:00 am Plan Commission meeting
Plan Commission meeting
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The monthly meeting of the Plan Commission for the Town of Lanark is held (if necessary).
Oct
11
Tue
7:00 pm Town Board meeting
Town Board meeting
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The regular monthly meeting of the Lanark Town board