Ohio elections chief sets rules for e-poll books

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s top elections official is setting uniform standards for the use of electronic poll books by local boards of elections.

The high-tech books allow poll workers to more easily find voters’ information and cut down on check-in time. Rather than flipping through printed pages, elections officials can enter a voter’s name or scan a driver’s license.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) on Wednesday issued an advisory to all 88 counties that spells out system requirements and functions, as well as procedures for county boards to follow if they acquire e-poll book technology.

Husted says with more counties choosing to use the technology, the state should have clear guidelines to maintain security and accuracy for voters.

Twelve counties currently use e-poll books, including Montgomery, Stark and Athens.

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