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03/07/2014

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273,000 Sarasota County voters, the release points out. "Each EPB will be able to access the voter's record by reading his or her driver license or Florida ID card number," it adds. EPBs are also able to communicate with each other, so when a voter signs in and casts a ballot at a polling location, the information will be transmitted to all devices in all poll- ing locations in real time. "This feature will reduce the need for provisional voting by making it possible for a registered voter who moves from one Florida county to another to vote a regular ballot," the release notes. "With the current paper registration system, a voter who moves to Sarasota from another Florida county and changes his address at the polling location is required to vote a provisional bal- lot," it explains. Voters may expect the following check-in procedures with the new system, the release says: • A poll worker inspector will ask for a pic- ture/signature ID from the voter. If the voter has a Florida driver's license or state-issued ID card, the poll worker will position the ID so the EPB can read the ID number and find the voter record. • Once the voter's record has been located, the voter will verify the information and sign in the signature field on the EPB. • If the voter presents a form of identification other than a state-issued ID or presents no ID, the poll worker will manually enter the voter's information to locate him or her in the voter database. Voters who do not pres- ent a photo/signature ID will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. In addition to improving overall polling site efficiency, Dent said in the release, the new system will improve post-election data man- agement and eventually save the county the expenses associated with the traditional paper poll book system. The four early voting sites designated for the March elections include the three SOE offices in Sarasota, Venice and North Port, as well as the Longboat Key Town Hall. Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions will perform the annual benefit for the Myakka City 1914 School House at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at the Herrmann ranch, located at 32755 Singletary Road in Myakka City. The event, sponsored by the Myakka City Historical Society, will feature a new tribute to U.S. military personnel, a news release says. The rescue of the Lipizzans by Gen. George S. Patton and members of the Third Army during World War II long has been a featured element of the training shows at the ranch during season. The grounds will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. The requested donation is $12 for adults and $6 for children, the release adds. Children's games and concessions will be part of the activities. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs, but grandstand seating also will be provided. For more information, call 322-1304 or 322-1035. LIPIZZANS TO PERFORM MILITARY TRIBUTE DURING MYAKKA BENEFIT Sarasota News Leader March 7, 2014 Page 87

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