“Cullman County has fair and honest elections and that is due to our election workers. We rely on their input for the election process. As the Chief Election Official for Cullman County, I want each election worker to know how much their service is appreciated.” – Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

The upcoming general election across Cullman County next Tuesday (November 8th) will see a pilot program rollout of electronic polling books.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has implemented the pilot program for the use of electronic poll books in lieu of printed lists of qualified voters and the poll list by Act Number 2016-317.

The Judge of Probate Tammy Brown and Cullman County Commission signed an agreement for participation in the pilot program. The use of the electronic poll books has been certified by the Alabama Secretary of State. The Secretary of State developed and provided to each participating county instructions, directives, and advisories regarding the examination, testing, and use of the e-poll book.

The short video will example what an electronic polling book does, how it will be used in the Cullman County three pilot program precincts as well as important general information ahead of next week’s election:

 

 

Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

The Cullman County Probate Office Election division attended meetings regarding the e-poll book project and decided that early participation in the program would be most beneficial for the Cullman County Election Process.

The Cullman County Probate Office wants to take advantage of the latest technology available in the administration of the electoral process to expedite the election process. Technology is gearing toward e-poll books for future elections.

The Secretary of State allowed participating counties to start with the number of books they felt comfortable with in the beginning phase. The consensus is that there is going to be a large voter turn-out for the November 8, 2016, General Election.

 

Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

Judge Brown had these thoughts on the electronic polling book roll out:

“I would never agree to anything that would interfere with the election process without obtaining all the necessary information before final decisions are made to move forward. The election workers already work a 12-hour+ day, so adding additional duties and responsibilities is never easy. We contacted Inspectors and provided as much information to them as possible to get their input before moving forward. The Inspectors at each of the precincts chosen agreed to participate in the pilot program. It was our intention to start small and possibly add e-poll books to more precincts in the future.”

The three precincts chosen are:

★ Center Hill Community Center
★ Cullman County Health Department
★ Bolte-White Grove Church

The Probate Office election employees have completed training for the use of the e-poll books.

 

Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

Training classes will be held in the Probate Office for the Inspectors for the precincts that will use the e-poll books in the General Election. Each Inspector may also bring an additional election worker with them for the training.

More on the subject from Judge Brown:

“Cullman County has fair and honest elections and that is due to our election workers. We rely on their input for the election process. As the Chief Election Official for Cullman County, I want each election worker to know how much their service is appreciated.

The E-Poll Books are very similar to a tablet and replaces the paper sign-in system that the election workers now use to check off qualified voters and for poll list. Voters will cast their vote on the same voting machine, the DS200. The election process in its entirety has not changed we are just implementing the use of the e-poll book.”

A feature of the e-poll book is that the election worker will have the ability to search a voter’s name to verify the precinct that the voter is registered.

Upon a voter entering a voting location, the election worker enters the voter’s name into the system and if the worker finds the voter is not registered in that particular precinct, then the worker can provide the information as to the voting precinct location that voter is registered to vote without having to contact the Board of Registrars or the Probate Office. Election workers do not have this capability now with the paper voter’s list.

The process for checking in a voter should be expedited in that election workers will no longer have to hunt through paper voter’s list to find the voter’s name.

 

Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

The only two forms of identification that the system will scan are:

• VALID DRIVER LICENSE

• STATE ISSUED IDENTIFICATION CARD (“I.D.”) CARD

Otherwise, the worker must manually enter the required information to locate the voter in the system.

If you have any questions regarding the e-poll book pilot program please contact the Probate Office Election Department:

Benson Clark or Joan Weaver 256-775-4811

Kathy Swann, Chief Clerk, 256-775-4665

Cullman County Introduces ePoll Books During Upcoming Election

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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