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UPDATE: Electronic Poll Books Used For the First Time

By: Todd Baucher, Danielle Staub Email
By: Todd Baucher, Danielle Staub Email
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UPDATE 11/5/2013 5:20 PM

Election day brings many local issues to Ohio voters, including key leadership races for city council and school boards, along with several levy issues.

Polls close at 7:30 Tuesday night.

Tara Hupp, Washington County Board of Elections Director, says new electronic poll books were used for the first time ever in this election.

Washington County purchased these back in August and Hupp says they make the check-in process faster, easier and more efficient.

This election when a voter comes in to vote they can just scan their drivers license, sign electronically and get a receipt.

The poll worker has a machine that has the whole registration database in it, making sure they are in the right precinct.

"These systems are actually very user friendly, once they have gone through training the poll workers have," Hupp says. "They can expedite the process very well; in fact, somebody who is very experienced with using them can probably push a voter through in twenty seconds."

Hupp says these were very helpful in this election and she says it went very smoothly.

These machines are not new to the whole state - they have been used in other counties through Ohio before.

In this election, Marietta city treasurer, city council second ward, city council at large, and city council president all have opponents.
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Gearing up for election day on the Ohio side of the river.

Lots of school levies, city council and trustee races to decide.

No statewide offices are up but there are lots of big decisions on the local level.

Voters in Ohio will decide on everything from candidates to levies to local liquor options.

For purposes of clarification, there is not an election Tuesday in West Virginia, although Wood County has an issue on its ballot later this month.

The cities of Marietta and Belpre have races for city treasurer and city council, and there's a local option for two west side restaurants.

Turnout is expected to be light, although absentee voting for the fall election was higher than it was for a similar election a few years ago.

With in-person absentee voting now complete, voters will have to go their individual precincts to cast ballots on election day Tuesday.

The exception is people who need to cast provisional ballots - they will do so at the board of elections office on Davis Avenue in Marietta.

Click on the "hot button" to find a link to the Washington County Board of Elections website.

That has information on polling places as well as sample ballots for each precinct in the county.


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