Report: Franklin County switches to paper pollbooks after technical problems
Franklin County made the decision to switch to paper pollbooks to check voters in overnight after a technical issue prevented the electronic pollbooks typically used from being properly updated, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting.
From the Dispatch’s Rick Rouan:
An updated electronic file containing data about who voted early was too large — a product of an unprecedented level of early voting in Franklin County — and could not be synced with the electronic poll books, said Ed Leonard, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections. …
That data is needed to ensure that voters who already cast ballots would not be allowed to cast another one, he said. Data is uploaded to the electronic poll books weeks in advance, but a last-minute update always is needed to account for the most recent data.
The switch to paper pollbooks for check-in will add a little bit of time to the voting process, officials said. The Dispatch reported that at the close of early voting, 350,982 people had cast early votes in Franklin County, either in person or via returned mail-in ballots. The county has about 833,000 registered voters.
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