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02 May 2007

Letter to Washington County Elections Division

From: Malachi de Ælfweald
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 11:01 PM
To: A&T Elections
Subject: C/O Mickie Kawai

Over the last few years, I have been noticing the low voter turnout, and have been considering what we could do to improve these numbers. One of the major ideas is for the ability of voters to be able to vote via an online system (from home, work, coffee shops, libraries, schools, etc).

Instead of trying to get such a system in place at a National level all at once, I was thinking it might be more realistic to get this type of system in place at a Local level.

I was wondering if you would be able to provide any guidance on what I would need to do to pursue this. Is there a specific team in your department that I should join? A specific county commission I should work with?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Malachi de AElfweald



Malachi,
Unfortunately, we (at the county level) cannot institute a different type of voting method. Online voting has been discussed for the last few years, but does not have the support nor the 'secrecy' in place to allow such a mechanism.
Oregon's voting equipment and systems must all be certified by the State of Oregon; but before reaching Oregon, it must also be certified by the Federal Election Commission. That said, Oregon has tried some 'pilot' projects. These projects have been developed by the Secretary of State Elections Division with various joint interest groups.
Another angle to put forth an idea has always been to contact your State Representative or State Senator. The idea then may progress to becoming a bill that will reach the legislative floor and possibly initiate a motion to implement.
I hope this helps some. You're welcome to call anytime, and we can discuss some of the issues that surrrounds 'electronic' voting.
mickie
elections manager
503.846.5800