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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Electronic Poll Book System Coming to Blaine

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Beginning with the August 14 Primary Election, Blaine voters will check in at their polling place using an electronic poll book system. Also known as e-poll books, this technology has been used in several Minnesota counties since 2016 and Anoka County is just one of many counties implementing in 2018. This secure system will offer a more accurate and
efficient check-in and registration process and benefit both voters and poll workers on Election Day.

The e-poll books replace the paper check-in process by using iPads electronically loaded with voter rosters. Minnesota laws and rules remain the same on Election Day but the tools used to perform tasks will be automated providing the following benefits:

  • Voters choose any line to check-in—no more lines designated by last name
  • Election judges check-in registered voters via iPads rather than paper rosters
  • Election judges register new voters via iPads instead of paper forms
  • Voters will sign their name on a small slip of paper instead of the roster binder
  • More efficient check-in – no need to flip through pages of voter rosters
  • More accurate check-in –prevents voters from accidentally signing the wrong line
  • Registration data captured electronically - scanned directly from a driver’s license
  • Screen prompts guide election judges through each step virtually, eliminating administrative errors
  • After the election, officials are able to upload Election Day vote history and registration data into the Statewide system instead of manually entering data from paper which can take months to complete

Voter registration information is never connected to the ballot counting machines or results reporting process; the two systems function independently of each other and never share information. On average, each polling place will have four e-poll books but that will vary depending on precinct size. Jurisdictions in at least 34 states currently use e-poll books and the KNOWiNK Poll Pad selected for Anoka County has been used in 23 states with over 8 million voters processed in 2016.

For more Election information and questions, visit BlaineMN.gov/Elections or contact the City Clerk’s Office at BlaineElections@BlaineMN.gov or 763-717-2737.

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