Press Release: County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces, Demonstrates Poll Books For Upcoming Election


October 11, 2012

Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced and demonstrated today new electronic poll books that will be used to more accurately and quickly check in voters at polling places on Election Day.

“We are expecting record voter turnout in Champaign County for this year’s General Election,” said Hulten, “We are excited that we will be able to offer more efficient, accurate voter check-in at each of our 100 polling places.”

Electronic Poll Books are laptop computers loaded with a special program used to search for and process individual voters registered at a given precinct.  When a voter enters a polling place, Election Judges will use the Poll Books to search for the voter by name, address or birth date, find the correct voter’s record, use the software to verify the voter’s registration information and identify the correct ballot to be issued to the voter.

Each of Champaign County’s 100 Election Day polling places will have at least two Poll Books, staffed by trained and certified Election Judges.  All expenses related to the Poll Book laptop hardware and other related equipment was covered by a Help America Vote Act grant at no expense to Champaign County taxpayers.  The software program running on each Poll Book was programmed in-house, by County Clerk staff, and does not rely on an expensive vendor-provided solution, which can cost $300,000 or more with significant annual licensing expenses.  In addition, the use of Poll Books will result in significant savings of printing expenses related to the old system of paper ballot applications, and enormous labor costs related to binding and preparing over 120,000 applications for use on Election Day.

“Poll Books will provide improved service to our Election Day voters, easier processing of voters for our Election Judges, improved accuracy and security for our office, at no initial expense and with real ongoing savings for County taxpayers,” said Hulten.

Voters are encouraged to visit the Champaign County Clerk’s office for a demonstration.  Those with questions or seeking more information about Champaign County’s use of Poll Books are encouraged to contact Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten at 217-384-3720 or email

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