Carrollton voters will see a new form of technology when they head to the polls on Tuesday. Carroll County will introduce electronic poll rosters, which allow voting records to be accessed quickly and effortlessly.
Election officials received training Thursday and all seemed excited to use the new equipment. “The computers will make us more efficient. I think they are fantastic. They seem fun and easy to use,” said Linda Brock, Ward I Election Judge. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Brock:
Poll workers will still be required to use the paper-based lists on Tuesday, meaning voters will have to sign on two dotted lines. “It will be a learning process,” said Brenda Arnold, Ward II and III Election Judge. “I’m excited to use the new technology. It will work great once everyone gets use to it.” Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Arnold:
Ward Four Election Judge Phyllis Pennington said the electronic poll rosters should reduce wait times. “I think it is pretty neat. I think it will be much faster than using the poll books. You can use your driver’s license and it scans it and pulls it right up. It is twice as fast as using a poll book.” Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Pennington:
The three tablet computers, debuting in Carrollton precincts on Tuesday, cost about $2,100 and were purchased with grant money awarded to the county in 2011. Carroll County Clerk and Election Authority Peggy McGaugh said they hope to secure additional funding in the future to purchase more computers. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with McGaugh:
Polls open at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Press Release from the Carroll County Clerk’s Office
Carroll County Elections will introduce electronic poll rosters to Carrollton voters at the April 2 election. The new voter check-in system utilizes tablet-style computers that upload a voter’s name and registration information within a matter of seconds.
More than thirty Missouri state election authorities are now using electronic poll rosters and nationwide, thousands of election agencies have switched from papter-based voter lists in the past five years. Electronic poll rosters have proven to reduce wait times, the amount of time it takes to verify a voter and provides a more efficient and accelerated voting process.
“The tablets purchased from Election Administrators, LLC of St. Louis Missouri run on an Android operating system utilizing the ASUS TF700 model. A quick scan of voter’s driver’s license or input of information contained on the voter’s identification card immediately pulls up the voter record. The security and safety features built into the system will correctly identify voters and ensure that they vote in their proper jurisdiction,” stated Peggy McGaugh, Carroll County Election Authority.
The County purchased three tablets to be used in the Carrollton precincts with grant money made possible from the Elections Administration Efficiency Grant awarded in 2011 by the Missouri Secretary of State’s office in the amount of $2,160.00.
“The Carrollton precincts will be the first to have these tablets having the largest numbers of registered voters. Hopefull at some time in the future the County can secure more grants or purchase these tablets for all precincts in the County,” McGaugh stated.