County auditors to get tablets to check for accessible polling places

(KCRG)
Published: Apr. 5, 2017 at 10:47 PM CDT
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When Iowans go to their polling sites for the next election, they'll see tablets available for use.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate made the announcement on Wednesday. The tablets are a new method of ensuring all Iowans have access to polling sites. It's in partnership with all 99 county auditors.

The tablets will have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Checklist Program app, and will be available on the tablets. The tablets also help out county auditors to more easily identify accessible polling locations in all 1,681 precincts across the state.

"We think it's one way to ensure we have uniformity in all 99 counties," said Pate. "All 1,600 precincts they'll all know what to do and they'll be doing it at the same level so everybody gets the same opportunities to be involved and vote."

The tablets will be paid for by a federal grant dedicated to help people with disabilities. They hope to have auditors trained on the tablets within the next 30 days.