Monday, April 12, 2010

Changes Everywhere

Township officials plan to use electronic poll books at all six community voting locations during the May 4 election. Clerk Jean Wahlfield said Alpine is following in the footsteps of Walker, which in November became the first West Michigan municipality to switch completely to the technology.

E-Poll Books allow election staffers to identify voters and their correct polling locations by scanning bar codes on the backs of their driver's licenses instead of leafing through bulky three-ring binders.

While the technology has been praised as a time-saver, Wahlfield said polling locations will be staffed with the usual number of workers. (Story by Aaron Ogg, Grand Rapids Press)

Alpine Township Clerk Jean Wahlfield (standing) preparing poll workers for the May school election. From left to right, Shirley Richardson, Susan Hall and Mary Lou Momber.

Jean was assisted by deputy clerk Erin Randall. (right) Learning are (from left to right) Mary Joe Rauser and Lucille Mues.

Congressman Vern Ehlers reflected on his career in Washington at the Quarterly luncheon of the Grand Valley Metro Council. Representative Ehlers is retiring at the end of term

Mary Rangel and her sons Carlos (on her right) and Julios (on her left) were cleaning the concession stand at the Alpine Township Sports Complex today in preparation for the spring and summer season.

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