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County to use new equipment for election next week

Nov 03, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor County election workers Jan Walter, left, and Bev Hamm, right, check out the new electronic pollbooks that will be used for the first time during next Tuesday’s general election.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Out with the old, and in with the new.

Henry County election officials will be rolling out a piece of new election equipment for the Nov. 7 general election.

Gone are the registration tablets and replacing them are electronic pollbooks. Electronic pollbooks, which are mandated by the Secretary of State consist of a laptop, scanner and printer.

“I can see a lot of advantages with these,” stated Robin Detrick, county election coordinator. “It will eliminate future errors and in the end be a very good thing.”

So here’s what happens when you visit the polls Tuesday. You will approach your precinct worker, give your name and show a photo ID or driver’s license. The ID will then be scanned and stored with your information. After giving the precinct worker your name and present your ID, he/she will feed the information into the computer. The voter will then be presented a voter declaration of eligibility which they must sign.

Once the declaration is signed, the voter will be handed a ballot and the remainder of the process will remain the same as in previous elections.

New voters can also register at the polls and receive their voter registration card as soon as the information is stored in the computer.

“This should speed up the process,” Detrick predicted. “With a laptop, there also will be less mistakes. It is kind of a reassuring tool for us because it will eliminate any duplication.”

The county has nine electronic pollbooks, one for each precinct and two spares, Detrick said.

She said she has been training poll workers on and off for the past 10 days and most poll workers are having no problems adjusting to the new equipment.

Having to display either a driver’s license or photo ID before voting becomes a state law on Jan. 1, 2018. If the voter does not have either, they will not be given a ballot.

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