Chapter 54 of the General Laws, is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 144. (a) The state secretary shall provide for a program to allow cities and towns to implement a voter “speed pass” system in addition to the manual system currently used by cities and towns. The purpose of the program shall be to reduce wait times for voters at polling places. The program shall allow voter information to be electronically scanned in order to check-in and check-out of the polling location.
(b) The program shall use software approved by the state secretary. The software shall meet the highest security ratings available. The program shall utilize an electronic poll book, if available to the city or town, to verify voter information. The verification shall be directly uploaded back into the commonwealth’s voter registration information system, in addition to the manual system that is currently in place.
(c) At no time shall this device be able to be accessed via a wireless device or a remote facility. The only transfer of data that shall be done will be securely done at the City or Town Clerk’s office with a device approved by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The Clerk shall follow all security protocols as set forth by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
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