Chapter 54 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 33H the following section:-
Section 33I. (a) A city or town which accepts this section pursuant to section 4 of chapter 4 may use electronic poll books at an election in all precincts in which the election is to be conducted. For the purposes of this section the term electronic poll book shall mean hardware or software or a combination of hardware and software that allows election officials to view voter registration records and voting information during an election for an absentee ballot or at a polling site on election day.
(b) A city or town accepting this section and conducting an election may use electronic poll books in lieu of printed poll books. The city or town clerk shall immediately take custody of the electronic poll books, which shall remain in his or her custody at all times except when in use at an election or when in the custody of a court or court officers during contested election proceedings. The clerk shall ensure that the electronic poll books are properly protected and preserved from damage or unnecessary deteriorations and the clerk shall not permit any unauthorized person to tamper with the electronic poll books. The clerk shall also keep the electronic poll books in good repair and the clerk shall prepare the electronic poll books for election day.
(c) The city or town clerk shall examine the electronic poll books to ascertain whether the poll books are in working order before allowing any voters to enter the polling location. If the electronic poll books are not in working order, the clerk shall contact the state secretary who shall immediately authorize a printed poll book to serve in place of the electronic poll book for that election. A printed poll book may accompany the electronic poll book to each precinct.
(d) Upon entering a precinct, each voter shall be verified by use of the electronic poll book to be a registered voter. If the voter is not registered according to the electronic poll book within that precinct, the election officer shall inform the voter of the proper precinct in which the voter is registered. Upon verification, the election officer may issue to each voter a printed card or ticket to correspond to the electronic poll book when the voter is checked in manually or electronically via barcode; provided, that in the case of a primary election, the card or ticket shall indicate the party affiliation of the voter. The card or ticket may be presented to the election officer as proof of check-in and may be retained by the voter.
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