By Eric Norwood Jr.
CNJ STAFF WRITER
A trial run Wednesday for the city’s new convenience voting center system went well, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon, whose office oversees municipal elections.
“I was pleased with the training. I feel like they (election workers) understand the concept and I think they’re ready for Tuesday,” Melancon said.
The number of polling places has been consolidated from a dozen to four, according to Melancon, with voters now being able to vote at any of the centers instead of specific district locations as in the past.
Automated Election Services election coordinator Anselmo Valdez led the training session Wednesday with the assistance of Melancon to make sure all election workers were fluent in how to operate the computer used to sign voters in and print their ballots.
“I think voters should find it easier. The process takes the same amount of time as the old system, if not less. And voters will find it more convenient to go to any voting center they choose,” said Dianna Thompson, a veteran poll worker.
The city of Clovis doesn’t require any identification to vote, however, Melancon did make it clear that having your voter ID card will make the process much faster.
“Our scanning technology allows us to pull all of the voter’s info off of their voter ID cards,” said Valdez during the training.
“Having your voter ID card will speed up the process tremendously.”
A laptop and printer used to look up registered voters and print voter ballots will be used instead of the previous all-paper sign-in method.
“It was explained very well, and because five of us will be at each voting station, if anyone isn’t sure there are others there to help out,” Thompson said.