Connecticut Makes Plans for Electronic Poll Books

Electronic poll books, which replace the traditional paper rosters used at polling places to check voters in before they cast ballots, are coming to Connecticut. The secretary of state’s office is working with the University of Connecticut Voting Technology Research Center (VoTeR Center) to ensure that all local jurisdictions have the information they need to select e-poll books that meet state standards.

In March, the state released technological requirements developed by the center that will be used to assess and compare e-poll book systems submitted by vendors.

 “The evaluation will be done in light of the published requirements that reflect the needs for reliability, security, integrity, performance, and ease of use,” said Alexander Shvartsman, a computer science professor and director of the VoTeR Center.

By Sept. 1, 2015, Secretary of State Denise Merrill (D) must provide localities with a list of approved vendors from which they can purchase the technology.

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