A legislative proposal could change how residents vote next Election Day. The state Legislature will consider a bill during the upcoming session that would allow county clerks to use electronic pollbooks and voting centers. These features would allow residents to vote at a centralized location – or locations – within their county instead of having to go to the specific polling place for their precinct. This, for example, could allow a resident who lives in Burns to vote in Cheyenne on Election Day. The electronic pollbooks, which would replace traditional paper books that poll workers use to check in voters, also could speed up the voting process and enhance the security of elections.
The Legislature’s Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee agreed to sponsor the bill earlier this year. Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, will be the new co-chairman of the committee when the 2015 legislative session begins Jan. 13.
He said the proposal could save money and make it easier for people to vote. “It would provide the clerks a lot of flexibility,” he said. “And it could save some time and effort.”
Lawmakers originally considered the proposal during the 2014 legislative session. But the bill failed to make it out of the House of Representatives.
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