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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Scanners expected to help on election day

Camie Young

Camie Young

November election lines could move a little faster, thanks to some bar code scanners that recently arrived in Gwinnett.

The scanners will compare poll book information to a voter’s driver’s license instantly.

“The current process takes poll workers at least 10 to 15 seconds each to look up voters in the electronic poll book and compare their identification to our records of registered voters,” Elections Director Lynn Ledford said.

When they arrive at the polls, voters will still have to fill out a voter’s certificate and pass along a photo ID to poll workers. If a voter uses identification other than a state ID card or driver’s license, the manual process is still in place.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 4. Citizens can get a voter registration form online at www.gwinnettcounty.com, but it must be returned by mail or in person.

With Election Day scheduled for Nov. 2, early voting will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 – 29 at four locations: Centerville Community Center, Dacula Activity Building, George Pierce Community Center and Lucky Shoals Community Center.

Group wants to clean up Washington

Armed with mops and cleaning supplies, a group of Gwinnett residents protested Wednesday, with a message to clean up Washington.

The local Move On chapter planned the demonstration in response to a recent poll that showed 73 percent of voters would support a candidate committed to reducing the influence of corporate lobbyists.

“It’s way past time we cleaned up Washington,” said Glenda Poindexter, one of the event’s organizers. “We are tired of banks, Wall Street, BP and the coal industry buying the elections and controlling the legislative process through their lobbyists and their contributions.”

Poindexter said the group is urging congressmen to support the Fair Election Now Act to increase public financing of campaigns.

All of these changes will go a long way to cleaning up Washington and putting the other 98 percent of us, who cannot afford the huge contributions and high-priced lobbyists, back in charge of our government,” she said.

The group, who gathered at the Indian Trail Park and Ride off Interstate 85, were part of a national demonstration for MoveOn.Org.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.