New Hampshire will be taking Polaroids of anyone without ID who casts an affidavit ballot. It’s a low-tech solution that avoids challenges with digital photography – but the reason for the photo (and how it will be used) isn’t entirely clear.Read More
The most recent electionlineWeekly profiles a fantastic new (PCEA-inspired) program in Chicago that uses college students to serve as pollworkers – a program that not only offers an introduction to election administration for the students but also directly benefits voters and improves the voting experience overall.
West Virginia was one of the early wave of states to adopt OVR when it enacted legislation in 2013; this week, that enactment became reality with the launch of the state’s new OVR portal. It’s safe to say that no change in elections in recent years has been more rapid that OVR adoption and implementation – and now West Virginia has joined the list, which to date includes 25 states with more on the way.
The State of Vermont is poised to become the latest state to offer online voter registration as it launches a new online election management tool for voters later this month. Voters will also have access to tools to track their ballots and get notifications of upcoming elections. It’s the latest example of a state using technology to improve the process, save money – and give residents value as both taxpayers and voters.
Connecticut’s State Bond Commission has approved $6.7 million for voting technology improvements, including e-pollbooks, which the state hopes to have in place for next year’s elections. It’s a lot of work but a problem many other cash-starved states wish they had.