Electronic poll books to be used in Cole County

Cole County Clerk Marvin Register is asking voters in Tuesday’s special election to be patient as it will be the first time polling places outside of Jefferson City will be using new electronic poll books.

The books, which are used to identify voters and check registrations, were first used in April’s municipal elections. Few problems were reported.

These electronic books will replace paper poll books that were used to check voter information to ensure the voter is at the right polling place or is properly registered.

For Tuesday’s election, Register said, a voter should use a driver’s license as identification. But a voter ID card would still be acceptable to vote with, he said.

Register is predicting a voter turnout of between 9 to 12 percent, based on what he’s seen in similar situations in the past.

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