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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 andefficient 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:
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.