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New technology used at polls…


A new voting method is being implemented during the primary election in Potter County on June 5. Electronic pollbooks will provide more flexibility to voters in rural areas, since the entire county will now be considered one precinct. Residents can now vote anywhere, said Potter County Auditor Karen Doerr. Voters are no longer required to vote in the specific precinct where they live. She said that a laptop computer is used to check in voters by scanning their drivers license, which is directly connected to the voter registration in Pierre. It also will help eliminate voter fraud or repeat voting. Potter, Sully, and Hyde counties are the first in the state to try the new e-pollbooks outside of Sioux Falls. Voting centers are located at the Legion Community Building in Gettysburg and the Legion Hall in Hoven. Pictured are Deputy Auditor Linda Clark and County Auditor Karen Doerr, demonstrating how the new e-pollbooks can scan the drivers license to assist in the voting process. Doerr said that the e-pollbooks were used during absentee voting in Tolstoy last week and worked very well. The six e-pollbooks in Potter County were provided by the state, but federal funding assistance will be available to assist with others. The new technology will not only make the county into one precinct, but it also helps cut costs by eliminating some of the smaller precincts. Voters who do not have a drivers license may still fill out a Personal ID form at the polls. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 for the Primary Election.

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