SYRACUSE, N.Y.– Voters in Onondaga County may experience shorter lines at polling places on election day.
Poll Pads are iPad based electronic poll books that voters will sign into when they arrive at a polling location.These devices have every registered voter in the county in their database.
Voters will give the poll worker their names, verify their addresses, and sign in.Then, voters will print their ballots, head to the booths, and cast their votes.
Dustin Czarny, Onondaga County Democratic Election Commissioner, says Poll Pads won’t just benefit the voters, they will also help the poll workers.
“It’s going to make it more efficient in the polling places and save us thousands of man hours,” he said.
Poll pads can be used to check polling locations and store data.They will send the data in real time to the board of elections.
“We’ll be able to get an idea of what the turnout is, and if we need to get some more supplies to a particular polling place or some more workers to help deal with wait time,” Czarny said.
Czarny said poll pads will make this and future election years a smoother process for everyone.