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Scanning Drivers Licenses at the Polls

Scanning driver's license bar codes to check-in voters could minimize the amount of time waiting at the polls.
by | May 10, 2010

Tomorrow, Bartow County, Georgia, residents living within House District 12 will go to the polls to vote in a special election. Poll workers will need to see voters' driver's licenses--not just to verify identity but to also check them in to vote. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, working with county and state election officials and the Kennesaw State University's Center for Election Systems, will allow the precinct to scan the barcode on the back of driver's licenses to check in voters. Scanning licenses will provide the poll worker with voter information instantaneously, cutting down on waiting time. Those without licenses will be checked in by workers consulting an electronic polling book. Once the polls close, election officials will review how the scanning system worked and potentially test it again during the July primaries or the November general election. If successful, the state will print barcodes on free voter identification cards, so that more voters have the chance to check in quickly.

Tina Trenkner
Tina Trenkner  |  Deputy Editor, GOVERNING.com
ttrenkner@governing.com  |  @tinatrenkner

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