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New equipment at polling places could decrease wait times


Voters in Woodbury County, Iowa will soon have shorter waits at polling places.

That's, at least, what county leaders are hoping for after spending $17,000 on scanners and printers.

Voters will be asked to voluntarily show their Iowa driver's license and the scanner will be able to match names already in the register. Once, the name is confirmed, an eligibility slip will print out.

Woodbury County officials said this will make the process move faster because polling place employees won't have to look through thousands of names in the register.

"In the last general election, the major concern out there was the amount of time that people spent waiting in lines to cast their ballot, and we're just looking for ways to improve that process," Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill said.

Woodbury County officials said they hope to use the new equipment in Sioux City Community School District locations for elections on September 10.

If all goes as planned, Gill said the entire county will be using the new equipment by the primaries in June.

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