For the first time, Cherokee County voters at the June 5 Primary Election will have the option of using an Iowa driver's license or voter ID card to expedite the check-in process. County Auditor Kris Glienke said barcode scanners will be available to voters in all precincts for a faster and easier check-in procedure.
"The scanners read the barcode on the back of the voter's driver's license in order to search for and select the correct voter. The process is fast and accurate, but it is the voter's choice whether to use their driver's license," she said.
"For voters who do not have a driver's license or choose not to use it, the precinct official will type in the voter's name the same way they have done in previous elections". Glienke added the system will also work with a non-driver ID card from the Iowa Department of Transportation or a voter ID card from the county auditor.
"I believe this is another important step in my goal of ensuring that every election in Cherokee County is conducted in a safe, secure, and efficient manner."
This will be the first major election at which the alternative check-in procedure will be offered. Glienke said she believes the 42 Iowa counties using the alternative process are the first in the nation to scan driver's licenses and voter IDs to check-in voters. She added that in the seven counties that have piloted the scanning process over the past six months, voters in large numbers voluntarily chose to use their identification cards. Cherokee County has used the new technology in two Special Elections with positive response from the voters and poll workers.
The scanning process was developed by Cerro Gordo County as a recent improvement to the Precinct Atlas software program. That program has received two national awards and is currently used in 56 Iowa counties.
For more information, contact Cherokee County Auditor Kris Glienke at 712-225-6705.