Kady Brauninger and Kris Witcombe of the Cherokee County Auditor's office demonstrated a new Election Precinct Atlas Program to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The Atlas Program is designed to help poll workers verify voter eligibility and confirms that voter is at the right precinct during an election. Instead of the traditional paper printout that poll workers currently use to check in voters during an election, the new system has the poll workers asking simple questions, and then enters the information in a secured laptop computer and instantly verifies a voter, saving time before voters get their ballot.
Also, the system will help in counting voters and make the Auditor's office complete a more accurate count faster after an election.
Each precinct in the county will have two lap tops and printers, and they will be used in the upcoming school board election on Sept. 8.
Lisa Langlitz, Community Services Director, appeared at the Board's request, to help draft a letter to the State of Iowa, in response of the State's inquiry into whether or not to close one of the four State Mental Hospitals.
Langlitz informed the Board that she would work with the Cherokee Mental Heath Institute's Director, Dr. Daniel Gillette, to draft the letter and address the concern of the Board on the State's possible decision to close one of the hospitals.
In other business, the Board approved the final payout of vacation and
severance to Janet Cedar of the County Secondary Roads Department in the amount of $2,883.45.
The Board also discussed having a review of all county-owned land and land rented out by the county, and to have a possible sale of some property.