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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 02:27 PM
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34. HI: Paperless voting for neighborhood boards approved
The 2009 Honolulu Neighborhood Board elections will be the first paperless elections in the state after the city Neighborhood Commission approved allowing voters to use the Internet or telephone to select their candidates.

Following testimony from about 15 neighborhood board members, including many who voiced concerns about security, the commission voted 6-1 to approve the proposal shortly before 10 last night.

The commission has allowed some online voting, incorporating it with traditional balloting for the first time in the 2007 elections, when about 10 percent of those who voted cast their ballots online.

"The budget pushed us to where we would have ended up anyway," said neighborhood commissioner Brendan S. Bailey, an attorney with Proservice Hawai'i and chairman of a permitted interaction group on elections formed this year. "There are real benefits to the community in the method that we selected."

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