As Alabama voters in four counties headed to the polls, the state rolled out a new tool to track their votes.
The new Election Night Reporting system or ENR is in the pilot phase and Secretary of State Beth Chapman says it will give the public an accurate view of polling results.
“Each county has probate judges who are chief elections officials and they have an entire election staff and as they receive precincts and boxes they will input those giving us totals as they occur,” said Chapman.
Chapman says they chose Montgomery, Jefferson, Madison and Mobile counties for testing because they represent around one third of the voting population.
Vote totals are displayed on the secretary of state's website as percentages, maps, graphics and more.
Chapman says, “We're looking at accurate results, faster and more accurate results, as a way for candidates, the general public and this office to know exactly what's going on in counties outside of Montgomery.”
Chapman says results may not get input as quickly for the test phase because of staffing issues but she expects all 67 counties to be reporting data through the website in November.
All results are considered unofficial until certified. Log onto http://www.sos.state.al.us.