New changes to voting polls in Cuyahoga County

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is making changes to voting polls.

Residents may see electronic poll books next time they cast a vote.

Cathy Goskey is a Community Outreach Coordinator with the Board of Elections. Goskey said the digital move will save voters time.

"Beginning with the May 2 primary election voters will now see electronic poll books, or e-poll books," she said.

When voters get to polls to check in, they will need a license like always. A poll worker will scan it and when the address pops up, the voter's information will be verified. If everything looks alright, the voter will sign their name, get a paper ballot, and cast a vote.

"It pulls up their voting record right away so they don't have to wait for the poll worker to sort through the poll book," said Goskey.

Barbra Ebright, member of the League of Women Voters, Bay Village Chapter, went to Rocky River to see how to use the e-poll books.

"I am very glad to see that it will not change things for me, it's all the poll worker," said Ebright.

It's not a huge change for voters, but Goskey said the e-books will make for a much quicker process. Data from the county shows the e-books saved more than 10,000 man hours when the Board of Elections tested them during the general election.

The e-books also alert the voter if they're in the wrong polling station and will give the voter directions to the right place.

"Those directions can either be texted, emailed or printed," said Goskey.

The county is taking the e-books to different libraries for demonstrations.

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