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iPads put to use at polls in Jasper County

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As voters walk into the Jasper County precincts, poll workers scan their registration cards with the new poll iPads and just like that they're on their way to casting their ballots.

"Here, you walk right in, they get your name, okay, they look it up, punch a button, you sign it and that's it," says Clayton Stone, a Precinct 26 voter.

Poll workers tell us there have been a few small glitches to the process of scanning voter registration cards.

"We've had a few little glitches but the main glitch that I've found is that the new voter cards that have been sent out from my office, it does seem to want to scan and I think maybe the printer is off or something, so the scan isn't hitting," says Jasper County Clerk Bonnie Earl.

This year about 10% of the 80,000 registration cards were returned to the county because of address changes.

When the new cards don't scan poll workers have an alternative way of entering voters into the system.

"We can do a manual entry and put in a last name and it'll bring them up on these computers," says poll worker Ray Schell.

To correct the problem the printed registration cards must be fixed by November 6 in order to scan for the presidential election.

"We need to do something in the office to make sure that the new voter cards for change of address and things, that they also will work fine in November," says Earl.

Jasper County bought about a $110,000 worth of iPads to help with elections.

Remember, to avoid precinct confusion you can change your address by stopping by the courthouses or by going online, before elections November 6.

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