A new software system will help the Jefferson County Board of Elections avoid costly errors in printing ballots.
The E-Suite Election Management Software will enable the board to link incoming election candidate petitions to the voter-registrant database. That ensures the candidate’s name and address will be spelled correctly and limits human error. A misspelled name that forces a ballot reprinting could cost the county thousands of dollars, Republican Elections Commissioner Jerry O. Eaton said.
“It could be one letter out of thousands, but it would need to be changed,” he said. The system also will track elected public officials across the county and automatically notify the commissioners that their races are upcoming. “Now we have a Word document that tracks all the races and all the terms. The terms are what’s important,” Mr. Eaton said.
The current system allows for many possible instances of human error, Democratic Elections Commissioner Sean M. Hennessey said.