Election Day 2012: Boise Poll Watchers Use iPads to Aid New Voters


Election Day morning, the University Christian Church near Boise State University was busy with students headed to the ballot box. For many of them, it was their first time voting.

"We get a large number of same-day registrations," explained Leone Powell, chief judge of Precinct No. 1710. "Freshmen and sophomores live on campus for two years, and vote here, before they move and vote elsewhere."

Just across the street from the busy campus, many students used their dormitory addresses on voter registration forms. She said students, who make up more than 50 percent of the precinct's voters, were excited to cast their ballots for their first election since their 18th birthdays.

However, this year, Powell brought a new tool to the polling center.

Previously, Powell used a stack of papers to help lost voters find their polling locations. This year, she borrowed the Ada County website's online map to look up polling centers on her iPad tablet.

Powell talks about the unique polling location in the video below.

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