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How Not to Roll Out Electronic Voting In Your State

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, November 6 2012

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced over the weekend that people displaced by Hurricane Sandy and unable to vote in their home districts should be considered "overseas voters" for the purposes of the election, allowing them to email or fax in a ballot application through a procedure based on one laid out by the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

But the procedure New Jersey elections officials were using was not designed to process such a volume of ballots, and the procedure they put in place was, by all accounts, barely designed at all. Halfway through election day, it appears that the state's effort to use technology to help people vote might do more harm than good.

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Ed Felten Takes Tinkering to the FTC

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 5 2010

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Tiny Turnout for World's First All Digital Election

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 28 2009

A cautionary note from Honolulu's experiment in conducting voting for its municipal elections entirely by Internet and a phone system that fed into the web. The Honolulu Advertiser is reporting that turnout in what was ... Read More

Daily Digest: GOP Convo Burns Up the Tubes

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 3 2008

We point to some great sites to best equip you for viewing the Republican National Convention happening in St. Paul this week; videos of an earlier Sarah Palin debate performance are flying around the Interweb as both ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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