LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Your time at the polls could soon be shorter. Today, a Lee County election leader is expected to make a big request that would improve wait times and monitor voter turnout.
The Supervisor of Elections is looking to buy new electronic registers for precincts.
Sharon Harrington is asking Lee County for about $750,000. The electronic poll books will replace paper ballots. Harrington says that money includes the setup, delivery and training on the new devices. She wants 785 new poll pads, which will cost almost $370,000, plus there's the cost of receipt printers, storage and charging stations.
Harrington says the new poll books will make the voting process faster and will even give real-time exit polling. Overall, the budgeted balance is more than $94 million, so if commissioners approve the request, this year's budget will go down to about $92 million dollars after another, separate request. The goal is to have the technology up and running for the primary in August.