The Lee County Election office in Florida's Fort Meyers Metro Area is a busy one: it handles the election polling for the county's registered voters, which number nearly 395,000 people.
Once residents arrived at the polling place, casting their vote was a multi-step process. People first had to wait in line to check in, present their ID to an agent and then wait for the agent to verify the information. Once that was finished, the voter signed the register in and received instructions on where to cast their ballot.
After the poll was closed, the municipality hired temporary workers to scan the individual barcodes on the back of every entry in the sign-in book. This information was then saved in a database that tracks when and which elections the resident voted in to help determine voter behavior—for example, if an individual votes in every election or only state or presidential elections, etc.
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