Polling Precincts Upgrade System To Avoid Election Day Technology Setbacks

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Local primary elections are just around the corner, and this year, the Madison County probate judge’s office is upgrading how it organizes your voter registration information.

Frank Barger, Madison County Elections Administrator, says the county changes precinct lines at least every ten years. It can make things a little hectic on election day.

“In the 2012 election cycle there was a lot of confusion,” said Barger. “Even though they are notified via the newspaper and media, they still show up where they’ve always voted.

In the past, this confusion was made worse when online voter registration database crashed. In 2012, the Secretary of State’s website crashed for four hours on the day of the general election.

During the database crash, precinct volunteers were forced to call the probate judge’s office every time someone had a question about their precinct. It tied up phone lines, and sorting through thousands of pages of printed voter information, was simply not an option.

This year all precincts will be equipped with iPads, loaded with software holding all voter registration information. Volunteers can simply search someone’s name, and find their polling place, regardless of a wifi connection.

Barger says it will make jobs easier for their 800 precinct volunteers, who will be trained on the new system before election day.

Most importantly, Barger hopes, it will make voting an easier and faster process for voters.

 

Finding Your Precinct

Recent precinct changes will affect about 16,700 Madison County Voters.

To prepare for the June 3rd elections, you can find your precinct and representative districts via Alabama Votes. Click on “Polling Place Finder” and type in your information.