Lowndes participating in new voting technology pilot program

Published 6:15 pm Thursday, October 20, 2016

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By Fred Guarino

The Lowndes Signal
A new voting technology pilot program in which Lowndes County is one of 25 participating counties provides several resources to voters and poll workers to ensure the process on election day is efficient and simple for the voter while still protecting the integrity of the electoral process.
John Bennett, deputy chief of staff for the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office, confirmed the information saying that Lowndes County officials attended a “Train the Trainer” training session Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the capitol.
He said the full list of counties participating is: Mobile, Baldwin, Henry, Barbour, Bullock, Autauga, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, Dekalb, Cherokee, Morgan, Blount, Jefferson, Chambers, Marengo, Hale, Lowndes, Shelby, Cleburne, Randolph, Houston, Cullman, Marion, and Winston.
A training guide introduced Lowndes County officials to the Alabama Poll Pad. The device allows poll workers to verify voter information and ballot style. And after the voter has been successfully processed he or she is directed to the voter ballot table.
With the device, a voter’s information can be confirmed and if the voter’s status is active.
If a voter’s name is not found, a find precinct button allows the poll worker to direct the voter to the correct polling location.
Also if a voter applied for an absentee ballot, their name will be highlighted and absentee will appear in their record.
If a voter is inactive under their name and address, the program will direct that they just complete an update form and their status will be marked inactive.

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