Electronic poll books out, paper poll books back in

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Registration for voting closed Monday at 5 pm for the midterm election on November 6th.

When you go to vote, they will not be using the electronic poll books that were used in the primaries.

They made this decision after all the new electronic poll machines at polling precincts failed in Pennington County.

Pennington County was one of nine counties in the state to experience this issue.

The massive failure caused major delays in voting and vote counting.

Instead they will be using the paper poll books, like the ones they uses after the machines went down.

Pennington County Auditor’s Office, auditor elect, Cindy Mohler, says “well we decided that because of the complications that we had, which a lot of that was connectivity to the internet, everything was just so slowed down that some of them just wouldn't function at all. We will not be using those this election.”

Mohler says the voter registration form is updated over the internet but she feels there's not really a concern for the system to get hacked.