E-Poll Books Used For School Board Election
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
May 16, 2013 3:25 PM
The days of pen and paper might soon be over.
About a dozen election workers gathered Thursday for training on E-Poll Books.
The electronic devices eliminate the need for precincts. There are thirteen designated voting centers in Sioux Falls. All you have to do is pick one.
"In the past, you always had to go to a particular church or maybe a school or a community center. At this center, you can vote at any of the different locations," said South Dakota Secretary of State, Jason Gant.
The device is designed to make voting easier, faster and more accessible.
When voters arrive, all they have to do is show their driver’s license, which is scanned in the computer. They are then handed a ballot.
Although there have been a few bugs with the system in the past, Secretary of State Jason Gant says the kinks have been worked out.
Gant says voter fraud isn’t an issue.
"We have an electronic record of who has voted and who hasn't voted so if you try to vote twice in the system, the computers are all connected within five seconds of each other to show no sir you already voted," said Gant.
These E-Poll Books are more user-friendly and have election workers excited about Election Day.
“It's less to set them up and it's not as chaotic. It's a smaller unit. It seems just easier to work with," said election worker,” Cindy Dammer.
"The part of the system that you can't put a price on is that you can vote anywhere. We are opening up access that anyone who wants to vote Election Day, they have that opportunity," said Gant.