Hamilton County ready for March Primary

Hamilton County ready for March Primary

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Ohio voters will head to the polls for the Primary election on March 15.

Hamilton County election officials are hoping it is a much smoother process than the November election, which included technology and training issues and even a court order to keep the polls open late.

"It's important to know that while some voters did have problems last November, 200,000 voters were checked in on the e poll-books.
I would say 10,000 had difficultly," said Sherry Poland, Director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

A number that Poland said she expects to be much lower in March because of a slew of changes.

Most of the changes are centered around the use of e poll-books, which when working properly, Poland says shave more than 2 minutes
off the average voter registration time.

The tablets were brand new in November and she admits not everyone was ready.

Now, all 2,700 poll workers will now receive at least 3.5 hours of training.

There will also be 120 troubleshooters to assist, compared to November when there were just 50.

"So the goal is there will be 1 trouble shooter for every three locations. The goal is every troubleshooter receives more extensive training that the poll worker and they're be easily accessible should any problems arise," added Poland.

The technology also presented some problems in November.  Poland says firmware and connectivity concerns have been addressed and won't play a role this time around.

Tuesday, Feb. 16 is the last day to register for the March primary.

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