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Callaway County voters to sign electronic poll books

One of first counties to use new Poll Pads

The opening screen on new iPads that many Callaway County poll workers will use instead of paper poll books in the April 2 election.

The opening screen on new iPads that many Callaway County poll workers will use instead of paper poll books in the April 2 election. Photo by Don Norfleet.

In the April 2 election, many Callaway County poll workers will be using new electronic poll books for the first time to check identification, addresses and precincts instead of paper poll books.

Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard said Callaway County is one of the first counties in Missouri to use the Apple iPad-based electronic poll books.

The new Poll Pad will eliminate the need for election judges to flip through pages looking for the name and address of a person wanting to vote.

“This can be time consuming and ultimately slows the voting process,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard received an electronic voting grant from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office to purchase the 15 new Poll Pads from KNOW.iNK of St. Louis at a cost of $13,370. KNOW.iNK created the technology used in the Poll Pad, which is designed specifically for Missouri elections.

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