The electronic poll book is integral to the success of the Vote Center Model. Computer Judges need to be able to process any voter from the county at any Vote Center, not just those within one particular precinct. Voters need the flexibility of being able to vote their correct ballot style anywhere in the county without worrying about election fraud. Election officials need to make sure no one votes at more than one Vote Center on Election Day. The electronic poll book makes this all possible.
The electronic poll book serves the same function as a paper poll book, providing each Vote Center with a list of registered voters eligible to vote at that location. An electronic version of the poll book has the additional benefits of being more time efficient, less prone to human error and able to pull information from our county voter registration databases through secure, encrypted dedicated servers.
At a Vote Center, a trained Computer Judge verifies the voter's identification and keys the voter's information into a simple, user-friendly screen. The electronic poll book then verifies whether the voter is eligible to vote and lets the Computer Judge know whether the voter has already voted by another means. For example, if the voter already voted by mail-in ballot the electronic poll book prevents the voter from voting twice. In addition, once a voter is credited for having voted, that information is transmitted in real time to all Vote Centers in the county to prevent that voter from voting twice.
The Larimer County poll book has the added benefit of including an electronic street index. If a voter has moved more than thirty days prior to an election and has not updated his or her address, the poll worker can quickly retrieve his or her correct ballot style based upon the new address.
An electronic poll book provides the following benefits to election officials:
With the Vote Center Model, Computer Judges need quick and easy access to every voter's registration information from the county, not just those voters from one precinct. An electronic poll book allows election workers to process voters from a larger geographic region with more efficiency. An electronic poll book can accommodate anticipated changes in voting accessibility at both local and statewide levels. Voters can thus vote with greater flexibility without any loss in confidence over the security of the voting process.
For additional information on the electronic poll book, please contact Thad Pawlikowski at (970) 498-7820.