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Voters will see new sign-in at polls

By JOE CENTERS • Oct 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

When Huron County residents vote Nov. 7 they will sign in using an electronic poll book — a process similar to swiping a credit card at the check-out line at your local supermarket.

It should make the voting process more efficient.

“We used them in May at two locatons,” said Sharon Locke, director of the Huron County Board of Elections. “Obviously, we did not have a high turnout in May, but the poll workers loved them. I have heard very, very good things. It does help with signing in.

“In the past people would have to come in and find their right line. This way you can sign up anywhere. They said once the poll workers get proficient in them the check-in time is next to nothing. They are Apple iPads so they are a good product.”

Voters still must go to their same locations, but once in the building they can go to any table or line.

“You still have to state your name and address then they swipe your card (either your license or state of Ohio ID card),” Locke said. “You can still use other forms of ID, but the only ones that will swipe will be the two cards. You will get a printed slip then get your ballot.”

The poll workers will swipe your card then you can sign the iPad with a stylus.

Locke said Ohio picked up 85 percent of the cost.

“It was a no-brainer,” she said. “The only cost the county $11,000 or $12,000. The cost to the county was minimal compared to the overall cost.”

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