Poll workers this year have a valuable tool to deter voter fraud, local election officials said Friday.

Poll workers this year have a valuable tool to deter voter fraud, local election officials said Friday.
Leslie Bright, election coordinator, said electronic poll books will keep tabs on who has cast a ballot, with Clark County Clerk Rhonda Cole being able to immediately see when a person has voted.
Traditionally, voters’ names are found on a paper logbook, and the name is scratched out after voting. Now, voters at certain polling sites can be found electronically. The tablets will be at Arkadelphia, Gurdon, Amity and Caddo Valley polling locations.
“They’ll look you up on the electronic poll book and have you sign it,” Bright explained. “The cool thing about it is everything is centrally updated, so when people vote, Rhonda will be automatically updated.” That way, a voter can’t go to another polling location and try to vote, because the poll books will have that information stored.
But voter fraud isn’t an issue in Clark County, Bright assured.
“We’re just always looking for ways to make things more efficient and more safeguarded,” she said. “This is a way to know who has voted. The clerk’s office knows within minutes who has voted. It helps keep it streamlined and safe against any kind of fraud.”
The electronic poll books were paid for by a grant that Cole applied for and received.