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 VI. Tech Thursday

Ohio: Secretary of State Jon Husted is urging county boards of elections to implement e-poll books before the end of the state’s fiscal year (June 30, 2017) in order to get some of the $12.75 million in grant money the state has made available for e-poll books. The state funding should cover about 85 percent of the costs associated with switching to e-poll books. “E-pollbooks represent a huge improvement in election technology by speeding up check-in times at the polls, reducing lines and providing more direction to both election officials and voters so we can improve the experience for everyone,”  Husted said. “This is an opportunity for county boards to upgrade their equipment at a significantly reduced cost and they should not let this opportunity pass them by.” To-date 61 of the state’s 88 counties have implemented e-poll books.

Texas: The Hidalgo County commission recently tabled a resolution to approve the purchase of 1,000 new Hart InterCivic Verity voting machines, although the machines are already in a county warehouse. According to a local television station, the decision to table the approval was made after residents against electronic ballots convinced commissioners to wait for a period of 30-days.