Chicagoans who vote in the March 18 Primary Election will be checked in electronically by election judges instead of through paper poll books at all 2,069 precincts. Election Board Chairman Langdon Neal announced the introduction of electronic poll books at a press conference Wednesday. “We are very excited about introducing a networked, digital ‘E Poll Book’ solution,” Neal said. “Our goals with the E Poll Books are to: (1) streamline voter check-in; (2) make election judges’ work more manageable; and (3) safeguard our elections by uploading the very latest in voter-registration data and Early and Absentee voting records – to every precinct, all before the polls open on Election Day at 6:00 am.”
Providing election judges with the most up-to-date information will allow them to see if a voter has already cast a ballot, with a clear message highlighted in red appearing in the electronic poll book.
In addition, electronic poll books will allow election judges to help guide voters who arrive in the wrong polling places by allowing judges to print out that voter’s correct polling place and address.