The Village of Dresser Board of Trustees prepared for upcoming elections in response to COVID-19 restrictions and community safety at its July 6 meeting. A vote passed to permanently change the polling place to the Dresser Community Hall in an effort to keep social distancing guidelines in place during upcoming elections.
The board also discussed updating polling equipment in Dresser. Two options were mentioned that would include either two touchscreen tabulators or one all inclusive machine called the ImageCast Evolution (ICE) that would eliminate the need for collecting and counting paper ballots including absentee ballots. Neither of these machines would be connected to the internet meaning that any concerns of hacking would become a non-issue.
This would be made as a mass purchase from Polk County. The board expressed interest in the ICE ballot tabulator as a more efficient machine and cheaper price, which would be factored into the budget when a final decision is made.
The fall primary election will be held on Aug. 11, 2020. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dresser Community Hall. Those who need to register or obtain an absentee ballot can visit the village office, or visit www.myvote.wi.gov
• The board was visited by Executive Director of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation, Terry Hauer, who introduced himself and spoke to the recent impacts that COVID-19 has had on the county as a whole. While he said that “the true small businesses” were impacted the most, Hauer also said that, “The county as a whole, and the manufacturing base, held pretty steady” as many business were considered “essential” during the shutdown.
• The Geraldine E. Anderson has re-opened after two months of shutdown with new rules in place in precaution of COVID-19. Detailed rules and information can be found on the village library website and Facebook page.
• The board acknowledged and thanked Ray Gunderson and Michael Nelson for volunteering their time to repaint all the fire hydrants in the Village and for completely repainting and refurbishing both Welcome signs coming into the village.