Published: Apr 07, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 07, 2014 1:05 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The race to fill Southwest Florida's empty seat in Congress is getting a bit of a test run this afternoon. Equipment that will be used in the upcoming special primary election is being tested.

Poll workers spent the morning testing the accuracy of their polling machines and also getting some training on new technology that will be deployed as soon as April 22.

WINK News also got a look at new technology poll workers are using to make things go much quicker in line. They are called poll pads, and are basically iPads outfitted with customized software for Lee County's voting needs. Poll workers trained on how to use these this morning.

They say there are several ways these pads will help the voting process, but perhaps the most important for anyone who remembers the voting lines of November 2012, is the quicker wait times to vote.

Instead of having poll workers look for a person's name in a large book and verfy they are in the correct polling place, they will just scan a person's driver's license or ID and it will automatically bring their information up.    

Poll workers say these pads will be used on a limited basis for the April 22 election, and then rolled out on a larger scale for elections after that.