RECORD VOTER TURNOUT AND RECORD ABSENTEE VOTING STRESSED I-VOTERS REGISTRATION SYSTEM

The 2010 general election resulted in the greatest voter turn out for a mid-term election in Iowa history.  We also had the greatest number of absentee voters for a midterm election in Iowa history.  In Scott County 56,993  voted for a turnout rate of 46.7 percent.  Of those votes, 19,040 were cast by absentee ballot, meaning 33.4 percent of the vote was by absentee ballot. 

During the election the statewide I-VOTERS voter registration system experienced significant strains due to the unexpectedly high volume of absentee voting.  Each county was appoint specific times to access the system.  In Scott County our staff worked staggered shifts to timely enter the absentee requests and process out going ballots within twenty-four hours of receiving the requests.  Several of our staff worked shifts beginning at midnight or 4:00 a.m. until State of Iowa computer staff could resolve the computer server issues.

GENERAL ELECTION 2010 VOTER HISTORY POSTED: E-POLL BOOKS SAVE TIME & MONEY

Election Department staff have closed out the 2010 general election by posting voter history.  It took two hours to post voter history for the forty-five percent of voters who voted at electronic poll book sites.  It took more than eight weeks to post history for the fifty-five percent of voters who voted at traditional paper register sites.  The time savings from the electronic poll book meant that we needed fewer temporary workers and resulted in money saved.  A complete roll out of electronic poll books to most if not all precincts will save even more time and money.  Voter history could be completed in a single morning instead of eight to ten weeks with five staff members enter data by hand.

Also, for the first time we used electronic poll books at the satellite voting centers to record voter history.  Each day’s voting was downloaded into the I-VOTERS system in a matter of minutes, instead of the hours hand entering the information would take.  This meant we needed no temporary staff to enter history for absentee voters, which of course meant we saved money.