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Judges praise use of new technology

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:39 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – Polling judges stationed at precincts throughout the county were equipped with new touch-screen tablets to help process voters this year.

The judges at Morris II polling station had only positive things to say Tuesday afternoon about the new technology.

“We really like them. They’re great,” said Cheryl Coop, who has been an election judge for the past 30 years.

While singing the praises of the new tablets, Coop was interrupted by her fellow judge Deanna Funte.

“Like them? We absolutely love them,” Funte said. “They are amazing. They make it so much easier because there are less steps.”

The tablets replace the county’s old laptops, which caused technical problems in the past. The new tablets were designed to be user-friendly and efficient so that polling judges can look up voter information, determine eligibility and prepare a ballot within a few minutes or less.

“They seem to be working wonderfully so far,” Julie Thornton of the Grundy County Clerk and Recorder’s office said Tuesday afternoon. “The judges seem to like them because they can process our voters more quickly.”

Election Systems & Software engineered the tablets, which now are being used for the first time this primary election in the city of Chicago and a handful of counties in Indiana.

“It’s like they were made for dummies,” Funte said. “They’re so simple.”

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