February 15, 2009

Internet Voting May Come to Washington State

WASHINGTON STATE'S Secretary of State, Sam Reed, is pushing Internet voting for overseas voters. And now the legislature has introduced SHB 1624 which would allow Internet voting for military and overseas voters. It's interesting to note that the Internet voting proposal is exempt from the law that governs voting systems (Chapter 29A.12RCW) .

SHB 1624 currently has eleven sponsors - here is the specific language.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Authorizing internet voting for service voters and overseas voters.

AN ACT Relating to internet voting for service voters and overseas voters; and adding a new section to chapter 29A.40 RCW.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 29A.40 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The secretary of state is authorized to establish a method that allows service voters and overseas voters to cast a ballot over the internet.

(2) In reviewing ways to implement this section, the secretary of state will consider computing hardware and software systems that:

(a) Ensure the integrity and secrecy of the ballot and authentication of the voter;
(b) Meet relevant and prevailing computer security standards;
(c) Use system components that are available for audit and certification; and
(d) Allow for optional phased implementation.

(3) The secretary of state may seek alternative public or nonprofit funding sources to implement this section.

(4) The method established by the secretary of state for allowing service and overseas voters to vote over the internet is exempt from Chapter 29A.12 RCW.


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