Election Officials Remind Voters of Changes at the Polls

Election Officials Remind Voters of Changes at the Polls

Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey spent Monday readying her election team for the August 6 special election.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey is readying her election team for the August special election.

"This is my third elections year," she said.  "A lot of my elections have been special elections.  The average turnout has been between 10-12 percent."

Apple iPads have now replaced the voting check-in process, a move that became a reality in the April election.

But the devices are still new, requiring a little bit of training, with a few reminders of how to use them properly.

"We refreshed them on the iPads, gave them some new supplies, and gave them some updates and things that are going on in the election," said Deputy Clerk Amy Kendall, who led a few of the refresher lessons on iPad use.

"The beauty of these iPads is they can service more voters more quickly," Baack-Garvey said.

And they will come in handy now that voting precincts have changed.

In April, Buchanan County announced that precincts - mainly the ones in public schools - would close.

"My goal when I took office in 2011 was to get out of schools," Baack-Garvey said.  "In this day and age, the way things are changing, you never know what could happen on any day.  Normally the school district rule is the schools are on lockdown.  Not on election day."

Some of the precincts in the revamped schedule could have to accommodate more voters. (A list of those changes can be seen below.)

And the iPads have definitely made changes like this more possible.

"It's been amazing.  They love it, the voters love it.  It's smarter, it's quicker, it's efficient.  And it's all been positive," Kendall said.

Those in the clerk's office say that even though most of their judges are a little older, the software is so simple they all came around to accept it as the next big thing in local elections.

Precinct changes are as follows:

Eugene Field School voters are now at Faith United Church (3025 Karnes Rd.) or Ashland United Church (2711 Ashland Ave.)
 
Bode Middle School voters are now at Ashland United (2711 Ashland Ave.) or Brookdale Student Ministry (3015 Felix St.)
 
Bartlett Center voters are now at Pony Express Museum (914 Penn St.) or City Hall (1100 Frederick)
 
Troester Media Center voters are now at Huffman United Methodist Church (2802 Renick St.)
 
Lake Contrary School voters are now at The Connection at Hyde Valley (202 W. Hyde Park Ave.)
 
St. Paul Lutheran voters are now at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (4503 Frederick Blvd.)
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