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James City County Using Electronic Pollbooks in 2009

Date: June 3, 2009
Contact: Alan J. Cole, Sr., VREO, General Registrar

Phone: (757) 253-6868



Voters will see a leap in technology when they vote in the Democratic Party Primary Election on June 9. Electronic Pollbooks have arrived in James City County. Finally, just like grocery market cashiers and bank tellers, the first letter of your last name no longer dictates your place in line. That’s right, no more “A-K” or “L-Z”. Voters will find one  line and the voter at the head of that line will proceed to the next available pollbook table, possibly reducing wait times by more than 50 percent.


Electronic Pollbooks are replacing paper ones as Virginia continues to reduce expenses. The state provides localities with laptops and corresponding pollbook software at a discounted cost which eliminates the ongoing cost of paper pollbooks. The goal is to have as many localities as possible using Electronic Pollbooks by the 2010 November election.


Alan J. “AJ” Cole, Sr., General Registrar for James City County, sees numerous benefits from using Electronic Pollbooks. “One of the biggest advantages to voters will be the elimination of the cause of most complaints - the notorious “A-K” and “L-Z” lines.”


A second benefit will assist voters in being redirected to the correct polling place if they happen to find themselves at the wrong one. If a voter’s name does not appear in the local precinct list, a simple mouse click will display the voter registration information for all of the Historic Triangle (James City County, York County and City of Williamsburg) so that a voter may quickly be directed to the correct polling place.


Voters will still be asked to state their full legal name and their current residence address, as required by Virginia Election Law. However, the look-up process in the pollbook will be greatly streamlined to help ease the long lines experienced at the polls during previous election days.


Tuesday’s election is the Democratic Primary for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. If you would like more information, please contact the James City County Voter Registration and Elections Office at (757) 253-6868.




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