Despite concerns about ballot security, the Oregon Senate on Thursday approved 18 to 11 a bill to study the feasibility of Internet voting. Senate Bill 1515 would establish a work group to study the issue and submit a report to the Legislature by Dec. 1. The bill now goes to the House. Opponents brought up the botched rollout of the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange and this month’s data breach of the Oregon Secretary of State’s website that continues to keep elections and business databases offline. The record, they said, made them question the state’s technological ability to ensure ballot security.
“We’re looking to new technologies to advance the opportunity to vote, but we’re not looking at the technologies that can get in and disrupt that vote,” said Sen. Alan Olsen, R-Canby. “We have technology now that we the state of Oregon cannot make work and now we’re looking at some other process.”