E-poll books rolled out in Hennepin Co.

Published 10:23 am Friday, August 5, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — New election technology will be used in Hennepin County in next week’s primary.

Poll workers will replace the paper rosters with electronic tablets when voters check in or are registered and when they log absentee ballots.

The electronic poll book stations will be used around Hennepin County with the exception of Minneapolis, which plans to introduce the e-poll books next year.

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The Star Tribune says election workers hope the new tablets will reduce wait times and possible errors.

Hennepin County is one of only two counties in Minnesota to use the technology. Crow Wing County is in the midst of rolling out the e-poll book program.

The state established legislative guidelines for using e-poll books in 2013.