Electronic voting system being tested in Holyoke

The pilot program is only in place for early voting

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Holyoke is part of an election experiment to help make voting faster, and eliminate voter fraud.

The “electronic poll pad” allows the City to check in voters in a matter of seconds. Voters scan their ID, and their name, address and personal information pops up, including whether they’d already voted.

Holyoke City Clerk Brenna Murphy-McGee told 22News, “The purpose of them was so that when we were at a remote location, we could check someone in there and that person couldn’t run down to City Hall and vote again. These poll pads are all connected to each other. So they’re immediately flagging someone that they voted.”

After you vote, a confirmation receipt is stapled to the ballot.

The pilot program is only in place for early voting, which ends on Friday, November 4th. Holyoke will have traditional balloting for Tuesday’s presidential election on November 8th.

Murphy-McGee, hopes the electric system is in place for next year’s municipal elections.

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