CAMILLUS, N.Y.(NCC NEWS)– Although it was a gloomy day in Onondaga county, some new technology lit up today’s election. Onondaga County Poll Inspector Gary says the use of iPads has made the elections a lot more efficient.
“There is less paper on the desks, less chance of confusion and things like that,” said Gary. “I like the new technology.”
Rather than using a traditional poll book, county inspectors have gone digital and keep record of signatures with an iPad. Swapping from pen and paper to stylus and screen is a simple replacement for most. However, Gary says some voters have never seen a stylus before.
“The biggest question is how to sign the poll book on the iPad,” said Gary. “If that’s the biggest question today then I think we’ve done our job.”
The new technology is most certainly exciting, but it does not distract poll inspectors and voters from the primary goal of election day.
“We get here at 5 o’clock in the morning and we aren’t done until about 10 o’clock at night,” said Gary. “When we come in we have to make sure the integrity of the system is maintained.”
The technology may have changed but rest assured the process has stayed the same. Through simplifying the voting system, Gary hopes it encourages a greater voter turnout.
“It’s civic duty,” said Gary. “It’s something the United States is known for as far as being able to vote. It’s our right as citizens, it’s guaranteed and we should protect that.”