New technology gets put to the test at March 18th Primary

There is a major technology upgrade going on at the Chicago Board of Elections, just in time for next week’s Primary Election.

Officials say it will enhance and improve the election experience for Chicago voters.

New electronic poll books are supposed to make voter check-in smoother, give clear and consistent directions to judges and improve election security.

The ebooks contain the names of 1.6 million Chicago voters in 2,069 precincts.

For the past year, the system has been studied and the kinks hopefully worked out.

Although the chairman of the Chicago Board of Elections admits there is some anxiety about rolling out the technology on an election day.

“We are confident that we’ll manage the day without any problems.  However, because as many of you know, I’m a belt and suspenders guy the ‘phone book’ if you will, will still be available at every precinct for this first election as a backup in case we have any problems,” said Langdon Neal, Chairman of the Chicago Board of Elections.

Neal picked this March 18th Primary to use the new technology because there is a typically low voter turnout at this election.

15,000 election judges have been trained on the new system.

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