St. Charles County buys iPads to help sign in voters

4:03 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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By Tracy Clemons

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - Voting just got a little easier and quicker in St. Charles County.

For Tuesday's election, the county rolled out new iPads at 10 of its 121 precincts. Voters use them to sign in with their driver's license or voter registration card, instead of waiting in lines split in alphabetical order.

The actual voting is still done on paper ballots that are put in a ballot box.

We're told the iPads also keep a count of voters, and will get voter records into the county's system faster.

"Other precincts have heard about it and they can't wait to get theirs. This is the rollout. We fix any bugs that we see, procedure we can change. And the entire county will be covered starting April 2014 elections," said Rich Chrismer, director of elections.

The county spent $340,000 to buy 250 iPads.

Chrismer predicts this new method will save about $1 million long-term.



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