Local voters use electronic tablets for first time

wwny Local voters use electronic tablets for first time

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - It’s the first year north county voters are using electronic tablets to check in at poll sites.

The new tablets took the place of the old paper poll books.

Inspectors can now search for voters by putting in a few letters instead of going through a whole book.

Elections commissioners in Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Jefferson Counties say the tablets are working well and speeding up the check-in process.

"We are hearing really good things about it. The voters and the inspectors like the iPads," said Jefferson County Democratic Elections Commissioner Babette Hall.

"I think it goes a lot faster. I'm looking at the check-ins that are being done by our inspectors today; everyone is pretty much within 2 minutes and 30 seconds or less. Some people are doing in under a minute," said Jefferson County Republican Elections Commissioner Jude Seymour.

With the tablets, elections commissioners are also able to monitor some polls remotely and see how many people have voted.

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