Iowa Secretary of State Michael Mauro, a Democrat, and the Republican who is Cerro Gordo County’s Auditor are touting a new electronic program for the people who work at the polls on Election Day. The program provides step-by-step instructions on how to properly administer elections.

Mauro says Cerro Gordo County Auditor Ken Kline and the county’s management information team has won a national award for the program. “Ken Kline has done a fantastic job. He put together, with his staff, the Electronic Poll Books that are being used in half of the counties in the state,” Mauro says.

“And we’re happy to partner with him to make this available to all the county auditors.” Mauro and Kline made stops yesterday in Mason City, Cedar Rapids and Davenport to discuss the program. “He’s made it very easy and he made it Iowa-specific,” Mauro says. “So we’re happy to partner with him and we’re going to go around the state and tell people how this adds another layer of integrity to the voting process.”

The “Precinct Atlas” will be used in 668 precincts in 46 counties this November. Last week “The Election Center” gave its “Stars and Stripes Award” to the Cerro Gordo County Auditor, his staff and others who work on Cerro Gordo County’s management information team for developing the program.

By Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City