MORE AND more online voting projects are being undertaken in the United States and all of these elections have one thing in common. They are not official, binding public elections but rather elections to boards, unions, commissions or political parties. Now The Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office has joined the "online voting movement" by entering into a contract with San Diego-based Everyone Counts, Inc. for online voting services in the 2009 Neighborhood Board elections.
Eligible voters will be mailed a unique voter I.D. number that they will need along with the last four digits of their social security number in order to access their ballot through a secure website. The mailer will include a list of three locations where the NCO is placing public computers.
For those that cannot access the Internet, Everyone Counts, Inc. is also providing a secure phone voting option. Voters would also use their I.D. number to vote using this alternate method.
The voting period is May 6-May 22. Results of the election will be made public shortly after the close of the election. The new board members assume office on July 1.
Candidate profiles and photos are posted here.
For more information, visit the NCO website here.