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Poll books offer new, faster way to check in on election day

Post Date:09/21/2018 10:00 am

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2018 Hometown Messenger

Voters headed to the polls Nov. 6 will notice a new, high-tech way to check in before casting their ballot.

Poll PadsScott County precincts will use Poll Pads, electronic tablets that allow voters to check in and register digitally. Rather than wait in lines divided alphabetically, voters can go to any election judge, who will look up the voter's information on the tablet. This eliminates the need for the large roster binders of eligible voters.

Voters who are registering on election day will be able to do so on the tablet, rather than filling out a paper application.

According to City Clerk Lori Hensen, the electronic poll books eliminate paper and streamline the voting process. This should result in fewer lines and faster service on Election Day. 

The county launched the Poll Pads during the primary election. It was an opportunity for elections judges to become more comfortable using the digital check-in and registration system before the general election. 

However, election officials do ask for continued voter patience Nov. 6 as the judges continue to learn the new technology and process.

More information about 2018 Elections is available on the city website.

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