Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door said the Nov. 6 election was one of the “best presidential elections we ever had” and attributed the success in part to the use of iPads to process voters.
The county’s chief election official reported on the recent presidential election at Tuesday’s county commission meeting. She said there were few lines and even fewer glitches during this election.
“One of the best things we ever did was get the iPads,” Door told the commission. “We have heard nothing but positive feedback on the way things went.”
A total of 47,162 ballots were cast in Franklin County which represented 67.68 percent of the total of 69,684 registered voters. Door said of that a little over 3,000 absentee ballots were cast in this election.
That was down from 2008 — the last presidential election — when 49,690 ballots were cast out of a total of 67,335 registered voters. Approximately 3,800 absentee ballots were cast four years ago.
“With the number of voters we had, it went smooth.” Door said after the commission meeting. “From our standpoint, it was a wonderful election.”
Door said the majority of voting in the county took place earlier in the day and that, for the most part, lines moved quickly. She said there were a few minor issues but no significant problems. She said many of the issues involved the approximately 8,000 “inactive” voters who are voters who are on the county’s rolls but who may have moved or who haven’t voted in two federal elections. She explained that when an “inactive” voter attempts to cast a ballot, an election official has to make a determination of whether they are entitled to vote.
Door said there were some instances where voters had actually moved to another county, but thought they could come back to Franklin County to vote. In those cases, the voter was told they need to register in the county in which they now reside.
Door said all of the votes that were cast in the county’s 52 precincts were counted by 10:15 p.m.
Franklin County was only one of seven Missouri counties to use iPads to process voters. The iPads were used by election officials to scan bar codes placed on election cards that were mailed to voters prior to the election and confirm voters’ addresses.
Door told the commission election officials in Villa Ridge were able to process six voters a minute using the I-pads.
“This was the first time in the United States that iPads were used in a general election to process voters and it made a difference here in Franklin County,” Door said.
The county purchased 100 iPads in August at a cost of approximately $100,000 from Knowink, a company that developed the election software.