In an opinion piece for Government Technology, West Virginia’s Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant, discusses a pilot program implemented during the 2010 election cycle to provide deployed military and overseas citizens the opportunity to vote securely over the internet. During this pilot, 125 voters cast their ballots online, which represents a 162 percent increase over the participation in the 2010 primary.
In short, what West Virginia did worked. It was a small program that helped an admittedly small group of voters cast their ballot more conveniently. There were 125 opportunities for something to go wrong, but to our knowledge, nothing did.
Internet voting should be a safe, secure, accessible option for voters. It is time that we, as a society, agree that our voting is far too sacred to compromise — and that at some point in time this sacred right and accessible technology must intersect. I believe the time to explore that is now.
To learn more about voting options, attend the MACo Summer Conference session titled “November 2012 and Beyond – Handling New Voting Options.” This session will discuss early voting, the printing of ballots on demand, and the implementation of voting by mail in Montgomery County for special elections.
MACo’s 2012 Summer Conference will be held from August 15 – 18 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This session will be held on Wednesday, August 15, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
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