Berks has problems with e-book surveys

Berks County officials said this morning they were aware of a problem affecting new e-book polls used in the primary election.

Officials said paper poll books are being distributed throughout the county.

That’s it first elections in all constituencies were to use e-book surveys.

There was no more specific issue or scale of the issue in the release from the county.

Officials said the details of the issue would be considered after election day, and then a full explanation would be provided.

The e-books of the polls are updated in real time in a closed system and resemble a tablet computer. They were loaded with a complete list of registered voters for each polling station and had to replace the paper lists of registered voters at each polling station.

Last year, the commissioners purchased 440 e-book polls for $ 1.1 million from Election Systems & Software. The devices were certified by state election officials, but counties recommended trying them on a pilot basis before widespread implementation.

The district tested the books at five polling stations last fall.

As books will be used at all polling stations for the first time today, the election commission voted in April to have printed poll books at each polling station as a last resort.

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