Technology moving elections toward electronic ID

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of voters showed driver's licenses to get ballots this year. In many cases, there was no requirement for them to do so. But the driver's license could become the new norm for voter identification because of technological advances.

In about 20 states — including one-fifth of Missouri's counties — local election officials used laptop computers or tablets to verify eligible voters.

In many instances, prospective voters provided a driver's license or voter registration card containing a bar code that was scanned by poll workers. The voters' information was instantly matched against a computerized list of registered voters to determine if they were eligible and in the right place to vote.

The electronic poll books proved faster than traditional paper logs. More election officials are considering adopting the technology.

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