Election officers in two precincts in Caldwell County will have new e-poll books for the upcoming election thanks to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Caldwell County Clerk Toni Watson said that the new e-poll books, which are very similar to iPads, will make it easier for election officers to register and count voters as they enter voting stations. E-poll books will replace paper rosters and will automatically count voters as they sign in. This will help with accuracy in reporting voting numbers as election officers will no longer have to count voters by hand.

E-poll books will also allow for a quicker check in time for voters by scanning the barcode on the back of the voter’s driver’s license. Voters will still be able to sign in with the e-poll book with other forms of ID since Kentucky law doesn’t require a voter to produce a driver’s license.

Clerk Watson said that the Butler precinct, and one other in the county, will each receive two e-poll books for the general election on November 6th.

Secretary Grimes issued a pilot program during the 2018 Primary Election in five of Kentucky’s counties before providing e-poll books to every county for the general election.