ID swipe required in new Volusia voter system

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The News Service of Florida reports that voters in Volusia County will be able to swipe their driver’s license to be identified in a new voter system now in place there that local officials say will fight fraud and money. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported last week that the system will alleviate the need to require voters to sign in on a precinct register. Elections Supervisor Ann McFall predicted that the “EViD” system, or Electronic Voter Identification System, already used in some other Florida counties, will be used everywhere in just a few years. McFall told the paper she hopes to have EViD in all of Volusia’s 179 voting precincts sometime next year, ideally in time for the Aug. 14 primary elections. McFall also is seeking to hook up ballot printers at early voting sites, meaning officials won’t have to estimate how many ballots will be needed ahead of time – they’ll simply print them at the site as needed.

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