Decision time: Early voting set to start

If you want to be one of the first people to cast your ballot for the primary election, get to the courthouse tomorrow.

Early voting is beginning, and voters will cast their ballots in seven contested races among Republicans and one three-way race on the Democratic ticket. When you show up to vote, expect to see two pieces of new technology that might save you a little time getting in and out.

The county will use new barcode scanners and electronic signature pads at all of its voting sites for the first time. The scanners will read the code on your driver’s license or state ID and automatically pull up your voter registration, Johnson County Clerk Sue Anne Misiniec said. When you sign in on the new electronic pads — similar to what you’d find in a checkout line at the grocery store — it will upload your signature into the poll book.

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