Presidential Commission Pondering Futuristic Voting
From Huffington Post:
Voters could one day print ballots at home like airline boarding passes, or skip traditional precincts for weekend voting at vote centers.
But first, elections administrators nationwide must stop trying to fix problems of the past and focus on innovations, a panel of Western elections officials said Thursday before a presidential commission touring the nation looking for ways to improve voting.
Elections officers from California, Colorado, Oregon and New Mexico laid out ideas to slash wait times and bring vote procedures into the Internet age. They said advances are possible without alienating older voters and people who don't want to give up in-person Election Day voting.
Los Angeles County is developing new voting machines that can "read" ballots printed at home, similar to checking in for a flight at airports.
Oregon's elections chief talked up the possibility of voters receiving bar-coded ballots on email and returning them in person, like returning a rented movie to Redbox.
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