By Kevin Kelley
Cuyahoga County Board of Elections officials will give demonstrations of new electronic poll books at three Westshore libraries this week.
Scheduled to be used in the May 2 primary elections, the e-poll books are replacing paper poll books.
“This is a tremendous improvement in election administration and an added convenience for voters,” Board of Elections Director Pat McDonald said in a statement. “The machines are more accurate than looking up voters by hand, and they help assure that voters are casting ballots in the correct location.”
Public demonstrations of the e-poll books have been scheduled for 14 public libraries. Demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at the Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road, and 3 to 5:30 p.m. today at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.
Another demonstration is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Fairview Park Branch Library, 21255 Lorain Road.
“Library visitors are encouraged to test-drive the machines to become familiar with the new process so they know what to expect the next time they vote,” McDonald said. Elections board staff will also be available to answer general questions about voting and elections.
Elections board officials say the e-poll books will save taxpayer dollars by eliminating the need to print paper poll books for 975 precincts. The e-poll books will also allow poll workers to more efficiently check in any voter from the polling location regardless of their precinct. Poll workers will also be able to easily redirect voters in the wrong location to the correct polling place, officials said.
In the May 2 primary, voters in Westlake’s Ward 1 will select two city council candidates from a field of three. Rocky River voters will decide on Issue 13, a single measure consisting of a 4.4-mill operating levy and a 0.5-mill for permanent improvement levy.