Houston County looks at making polling locations hi-tech

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- There could be changes coming for voting in Houston County in the near future.

Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport came before the County Commission Thursday morning with a plan for two new changes.

One is to have the polling places use electronic polling books, which can speed up voter check ins and check absentee votes. Other features would include redirecting voters to the right location, and electronic sign in, among others.

The other change is re-organizing voting precincts to cut down on overcrowding at some locations in Houston County.

Davenport says, "At Water and Electric, we had in excess of 6,500 voters. So we're trying to apportion the voters to various locations where it's most easy for them and efficient for them to vote."

Judge Davenport says the ideal amount of voters for a Houston County location should be around 3,000 voters.

The County Commission will make a decision on the polling places on Monday, March 12th.