Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Chance McElhaney, (515) 725-2942
Iowa ExpressVoter Electronic Pollbook a Success in City Elections
Des Moines – Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced that the Iowa ExpressVoter electronic pollbook was a success in city elections. Nine counties (Adams, Benton, Bremer, Lee, Linn, Mahaska, Page, Wayne and Woodbury) utilized Iowa ExpressVoter during the recent city elections and the free software is available to all of Iowa's 99 counties.
"The Iowa ExpressVoter software can be used by any county to increase the speed and accuracy of the voter experience at the polling place," Schultz said. "Counties have used our electronic pollbook with success during previous special elections and school elections, and it was great to see that success continue with the city elections."
The Iowa ExpressVoter electronic pollbook 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.
Schultz's office designed the Iowa ExpressVoter software and is providing it to Iowa counties free of charge.
"Our poll workers loved the ExpressVoter program. They felt it made it easier to register and process voters. The scanners for the IDs expedited the voting process and registering of new voters," Page County Auditor Melissa Wellhausen said. "We love the fact that it is a free product that simplifies the voting process for all of our voters!"
"I love the simplicity of the program and so do Bremer County poll workers," Bremer County Auditor Shelley Wolf said.
"Woodbury County used ExpressVoter in thirteen vote centers in Sioux City for the 2013 Sioux City Community School District, City Primary and the Regular City Elections," Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill said. "Precinct officials and voters alike were extremely impressed with the ability of the program to accurately find a voter, verify the voter's registration information and get the correct ballot in the voter's hands without delay. The lookup tool and the bar code scanner were great time-savers and made the vote center endeavor a successful voter-friendly experience."
"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."