Jefferson County to use iPads for voter check-in in Tuesday’s election

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HILLSBORO, MO (KTVI) - The Jefferson County Election Authority will be using iPads to check in voters on Tuesday.  Election officials used the tablets during the March election and say the technology is saving money.

The tablets do not change the way voters cast their ballots.  It gives voters the chance to check in at any tablet.  Once a voter checks in at one tablet, the other tablets are automatically updated.

“So if you attempted to vote in Arnold, and maybe Crystal City, you can’t because the tablet in Crystal City will have your name as being checked in,” said Wes Wagner, Jefferson County Clerk.

Previously, voters would line up based on the first letter of their last name.  If several voters in the same alphabet range showed up at one time, one line could get long while election judges in charge of another alphabet range had no voters in their respective lines.

With the old alphabet books, election judges were needed for each book.  The tablets reduce the number of election judges needed to check in voters.

“By deploying one, two or three iPads, we can essentially cut our work force in half,” said Wagner. “That’s good for taxpayers.”

Wagner says the increased efficiency is also good for voters.

“If you vote in Jefferson County, you’re not going to stand in line for more than a few minutes,” he said.

St. Louis City, St. Charles County and Franklin County also use tablets.  St. Louis County is in the process of switching over to them.

St. Louis County election officials say it’s possible the tablets could be used in the general election in November when a big turnout is expected.