VII. Tech Thursday
California: According to Government Technology, work to redesign the process of how residents vote in Los Angeles County is entering a critical but transformational stage after eight years of research and conceptualization. By early to mid-summer 2017, Los Angeles County hopes to have an RFP ready for vendors. The agency’s goal is to do some form of piloting of the new voting model during the 2018 midterm elections.
Michigan: This week, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that the state would purchase all new voting equipment and have it in place in time for the 2018 mid-term elections. The State Administrative Board has authorized up to $82.1 million in spending over the next 10 years and approved contracts with three vendors for new tabulation machines, election-management software and long-term maintenance.
Virginia: The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government name Virginia’s online absentee ballot application system one of its 2017 Bright Ideas Initiatives. During the 2016 presidential primaries, the system processed 27 percent of all absentee ballots and 62 percent of requests from voters under the age of 30.