MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. - When you think of election time, you normally think of long lines --especially for a presidential race. But now, some north Alabama counties have a new tool to help with those wait times.
The Secretary of the State's office offered an electronic poll book pilot program with iPads to all Alabama counties to try as a test run, to see if cutting down on the paper books and going digital would help with wait times. Originally, six devices were offered per county, but not everyone jumped at the opportunity, so Morgan County ended up with 10.
"They'll be able to look up your name by the poll book or by your license, instead of flipping through pages," said Kate Terry, Morgan County Elections Director.
And those pesky lines. "Some lines are longer than others because there are more S-T's versus A-G,” said Terry. "It reduces that because it's any line any time. So you just go to any line," Terry explained.
And while they don't know just how much time this new process will save, you will be looking at substantially shorter lines. "We hope with it reducing between 60 to 75 percent of our wait times that the long line will now be to turn your ballot in," said Terry.
Right now, only a few polling places in each participating county will have the new technology, but they hope to expand it for the next election. "They're kind of testing the waters to see if this is a program people want to use, that our poll workers want to use and if it is we want to go full force into incorporating it," said Terry.
Terry says they will have the paper books on hand if needed on Election Day.
Madison, Morgan, Limestone, DeKalb and Jackson counties are all participating in this program on Tuesday, November 8.