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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Morenci using electronic poll book 2012.06.13

Written by David Green.

leasa.poll bookPush aside the thick, paper book. Forget the ruler and felt-tipped highlighter pen. When the next election rolls around, Morenci will have gone electronic.

It’s not quite that much of a change yet, says assistant city clerk Leasa Slocum. The city will join most other government units in the state in using an electronic poll book, but the backup system will still be used at least for the next election. Slocum said eventually the paper poll book will be a thing of the past.

She’s ready for the change. She sees the new system as easier to use and it should aid voters in some cases.

Slocum and city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder traveled last week to Lansing for a training session. The city now has a free laptop, provided through a grant, that contains the city’s voting records. The unit also comes with a card reader to verify a voter’s registration.

On election day, voters will swipe their driver’s license through the reader and their name will quickly appear on the monitor. After a couple of clicks of the mouse, the poll worker is directed to issue a ballot. Workers will no longer have to search through a poll book to locate a voter’s name.

“Eventually it’s going to simplify things,” Schroeder said, although it might take some time to adjust. That’s why the state wants everyone to have a “practice election” before the presidential election in November. Morenci will put the system to use at the Aug. 7 primary election.

If a registered voter forgets to bring a driver’s license or state ID card to the polls, he or she will still be able to vote after signing a form.

Not only should it speed up the voting process, Slocum said, but it will also simplify tallying votes and checking records when the polls close. The voting records will be delivered to the county election office on a flash drive that plugs into the laptop.

Schroeder and Slocum will train the city’s other poll workers in how to use the the electronic book. It’s a simple process, Slocum said, but it has to be done correctly. 

The only cost to the city is an annual $80 maintenance fee.

• In order to vote, a citizen must be registered at least 30 days before an election. Changes of address must be reported a local clerk or the Secretary of State office.

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