Laptops and tablets invade polling locations.


CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County is testing out new technology this election day that they hope will save voters time and money.

The county started researching e-Poll books in February and narrowed their list to the ESNS and the Inclusions Solutions systems.

One program runs on a laptop-based platform, while the other operates on a tablet. Both are designed to scan a driver's license or state ID and pull up voter registrations.

"The Board of Elections is always seeking greater efficiencies and methods of staying up-to-date on the latest election technology," says Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

The systems are being tested out at Thurgood Marshall RecCenter and A.J. Rickoff Elementary.

Both are pre-loaded with current voter information. They'll provide access to information formerly limited to the Board of Elections building, like absentee ballots, early voting, voter addresses and precincts.

"If a voter comes in that belongs in a different precinct,we can look up their address and print out a ticket that will state where they belong in the county to vote," says County Training and Compliance Commissioner Mike DeFranco.

If all goes well, the county plans on rolling out a larger test in the May 2014 elections.

McDonald added, "e-Poll Books in Cuyahoga County could eventually save the county millions of dollars in printing and other costs associated with the current paper system."