Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Iowa Express Voter Electronic Pollbook Makes Voting Easier and Faster
Des Moines – Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced that his Iowa Express Voter electronic pollbook was a success during school elections yesterday for seven counties (Adams, Benton, Bremer, Lee, Linn, Mahaska and Woodbury) that utilized the free software.
"Counties have used our electronic pollbook with success during previous special elections, and it was great to see that success continue when multiple jurisdictions were using it on the same day," Schultz said. "The Iowa Voter Express software can be used by any county to increase the speed and accuracy of the voter experience at the polling place."
Schultz's office designed the Iowa Express Voter software and is providing it to Iowa counties free of charge.
"The election officials reported that the system was quicker and more efficient," Benton County Auditor Jill Marlow said. "It also makes it more cost effective on my end."
"The Precinct Workers loved the ease of the program. Express Voter guides them through the election process and helps them determine what to do in special circumstances such as change of address or new registrations," Lee County Auditor Denise Fraise said. "We feel very confident that elections in Lee County will be a positive experience for our Precinct Officials and voters now and in the future using Express Voter."
"The Iowa Express Voter pollbook really helped speed the process up," Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill said. "It makes the process simpler for election officials, especially at a vote center."
Iowa Express Voter simplifies the check-in process for voters at the polling place. Voters have the option of scanning a state of Iowa-issued ID card or voter registration card which helps speed voters through the line. Any needed paperwork is printed right at the polling place, eliminating the hassle of completing forms by hand.
"This free software is a win-win for Iowa counties and Iowa voters," Schultz said. "By simplifying and speeding up the voting process, hopefully more eligible Iowans will take time to vote."