New tool won't be used this election

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lines at the polls could go a lot faster thanks to new technology.

But that won't help anyone casting ballots in Gwinnett on Tuesday.

County commissioners agreed to enter into a state program to use ExpressPoll, a handheld digital version of registration lists.

The device, Elections Supervisor Lynn Ledford said, would enable poll workers to quickly check people's registration and even find records for other counties if needed.

On Tuesday, some jurisdictions are using the technology in pilot projects, but the 13 cities going to the polls in Gwinnett and Barrow won't be so fortunate.

The county is scheduled to receive 313 units by the end of the year, but Ledford said the cities would have to buy the machines or borrow the county's for help in future elections.

In Gwinnett and Barrow, voters will choose four mayors, 27 council seats, a school board member and four referendums.

People can cast their ballots from

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at polling locations within each city.