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Johnson County implementing QR codes to find polling places

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A primary coupled with the first election after new precinct lines have been drawn is not necessarily a recipe for strong voter turnout.

According to the auditor's office, 34 percent of Johnson County voters will poll at a different location from the last election.  Enter quick response codes, technology often used in the private sector, which is now being implemented for public use.

"It'll show you where you should be voting, and I think it should be a quicker process," said Kingsley Botchway, Johnson County deputy auditor of elections. 

Voters can scan the QR box appearing in area newspapers with their cell phones.

The code will access the Johnson County Polling Place finder application.

After entering an address, the app will display the person's polling location and directions on how to get there.

As for waiting in long lines at the polls, there's technology for that too.

"They'll see a faster process, less lines," Botchway said.

Poll workers are being trained on a new system that will streamline the process on election day, scanning a driver's license or new voter cards and bypassing entering necessary voter information manually. The process is optional for voters to take part in.

"I think it's going to make things really easy, and I think voters are really going to like it," said Alice Atkinson, a Johnson County poll worker. 

All innovations to help encourage people to get out and vote.

For polling locations in Johnson County follow the link: 

 http://gis.johnson-county.com/ElectionPollingPlace/

 

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