Election board finalizes details
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
During a meeting April 12, the Harrison County Election Board made some final decisions ahead of the May 3 Primary Election.
The board — Maryland Austin, the Republican representative; Nate Adams, the Democrat representative; and Sherry Brown, the county clerk — decided, after some discussion, that poll inspectors, or their designees, should be responsible for the use of the electronic poll books as voters check in at polling sites.
Michael Harmon, the voter registration deputy, also attended the meeting.
The inspectors, or their designee, will prompt voters to place their I.D. in the electronic poll book, verify their registration address, mark the voter’s choice of primary ballot, sign the poll book, print a receipt and take it to the poll clerk. The poll clerk will then review the receipt in order to disperse the appropriate ballot that was requested. Receipts will be placed in an envelope by the poll clerks to use for balancing purposes at the end of the day.
Each precinct will have one paper poll book and one poll list as a backup in case of a failed electronic poll book, the board decided.
The use of “traffic directors” will continue at high-volume polling locations, such as the Harrison County Government Center in Corydon, the election board decided. County-owned laptops will be available for them to use at those high-volume sites.