Hamilton County’s polling places could soon replace paper poll books with electronic ones – possibly by November’s election. The Hamilton County Board of Elections unanimously voted Monday morning to authorize its staff to prepare a contract with Tenax, a Florida company, to place the electronic poll books in all 373 of the county’s polling places. Voters would have their identification cards, such as driver’s licenses, scanned and would automatically be given the correct ballot for their precinct. If voters were in the wrong polling place, it would print out directions to their proper polling places.
Voters would have to sign on electronic pads. Poll workers would compare the signatures to the ones on file. Sally Krisel, deputy director of the board of elections, said the technology is such that the electronic signatures will be easy to read.
“What it will do is speed up the process of voting and the work of the poll workers immensely,’’ said Tim Burke, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Elections. “You can check in at any table in a polling place, and you will be given the correct ballot.”
Seventeen of the state’s 88 counties are already using e-polling.
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