A pilot project at 25 Pima County polling places will have workers asking voters to scan their driver’s licenses with an iPad.
The goal is to replace the signature roster books currently used at the polling places, Pima County Elections Director Brad Nelson said.
Poll workers will use the iPads to scan voters’ driver’s licenses and verify their identification. Voters will then sign their names on the iPad screens with their finger.
The information scanned will be matched to data already contained in county databases that’s filled out when a person registers to vote, Nelson said.
An Arizona driver’s license is not the only type of identification accepted at the polls. Other acceptable forms of identification include any U.S. federal-, state- or local-government-issued identification or a tribal identification card.
The state also allows a person to use two pieces of non-photo identification at the polls, like a bank statement or a utility bill, provided the ID has correct and current information.
Only about 10 percent of the county’s 248 polling places will be participating in the pilot project using iPads.
A second pilot project will have voters put their finished ballots into a secure ballot box instead of an electronic scanner.
Those ballots will be counted at the end of the evening in the county’s elections department.
If the second pilot programs is successful, county officials hope it will save an estimated $1.8 million.
The county is currently in the process of evaluating how to buy new election equipment, as the equipment used in polling places is outdated and breaks down regularly.
By putting the ballots in a secure box rather than scanning them on site, officials hope to cut down on the number of optical scanners it will need to buy for the next election cycle.