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Gwinnett County has recieved its allotment of electronic bar code scanners for use in the upcoming November election. The scanners will instantly compare poll book information with a potential voter’s driver’s license identification.

Gwinnett Elections Director Lynn Ledford says, “The current process takes poll workers at least 10 to 15 seconds each to look up voters in the electronic poll book and compare their identification to our records of registered voters".

Voters must still fill out a voter’s certificate at the polling place, and poll workers will still check photo identification. Manual processes will still be in place for voters using photo identification other than a Georgia driver’s license or state ID card.

According to the Office of the Georiga Secretary of State, the new scanners will read information from the back of a driver’s license or state-issued ID card, but do not put any personal information on the yellow card that records votes in the actual voting machine. In the future, the free voter identification issued by election officials will also have the bar coding on the back.

Early voting for this fall’s general election will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 – 29 at four locations: Centerville Community Center, Dacula Activity Building, George Pierce Community Center and Lucky Shoals Community Center.

Absentee ballots are available and early voting in person begins 45 days before an election through the Elections Office, 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200 in Lawrenceville. And the deadline to register for the general election is Oct. 4 . Details are online at www.gwinnettcounty.com.

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