Franklin County Rolling Out New Electronic Poll Books

Mar 10, 2017

The Franklin County Board of Elections says a test of new electronic poll books was successful and they'll be used during the May 2 primary.

Last year, the state and county shared the $2.1 million cost for about 1,500 iPads that were customized to become poll books.

Voters can swipe a driver's license or state ID card in an attached card reader to receive a ballot. If voters are in the wrong precinct, the machine will let them know and can print directions to the correct voting location.

The move to electronic books also means voters won't have to stand in a line that corresponds with their last name. They can use any poll book that's open.

The county says they will keep paper poll books as backup.

Board of elections members have said the new polls books should greatly reduce lines.