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Electronic Poll Books

By Katy Owens Hubler | Vol . 22, No. 32 / August 2014

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Thousands of jurisdictions—counties, cities, towns, villages—administer elections in the United States. Occasionally a trend emerges, as various jurisdictions in several states begin to make use of a certain innovation or technology. Electronic poll books (e-poll books) represent one such trend.

An e-poll book replaces the traditional paper poll book—the roster of eligible voters in a precinct or district. An e-poll book typically looks like a tablet or a laptop computer and allows poll workers to look up voters similar to a Google search instead of thumbing through an alphabetical list of names.

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