Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted recently advised county boards of elections on the amount of funding available to each board for the implementation of new electronic pollbooks. “E-Pollbooks are a great advancement in voter technology that will make elections simpler for both Ohio voters and the staff and volunteers who assist them on Election Day,” explained Husted. The state legislature appropriated $12.7 million to aid county governments in covering the cost of upgrading to e-pollbooks during the biennial budget (Am. Sub. H.B. 64) enacted on June 30.
During a Jackson County Commissioner meeting held in early July, Jackson County Board of Elections Deputy Director Cheryl Browning visited the commissioners to discuss equipment quotes.
“The State would like to have electronic pollbooks in place by November,” stated Browning. “There is less of a chance of getting the wrong ballot with these.” Browning added, “The State will pay 85 percent of the cost. The electronic pollbooks interface program quote is $4,500, installation and training (2 hours on-site time) $375 for a total of $4,875.”