The Oregon Senate on Thursday set the wheels in motion for studying the possibility of Internet voting, with proponents arguing the state could become a national pioneer as it did with vote by mail. Doubters pointed to the troubles of Cover Oregon’s website as an argument against tackling large Internet projects. Lawmakers approved a bill that would order the secretary of state to name a work group to examine issues surrounding a possible statewide Internet voting system. It gives the group until Dec. 1 to report its findings, including any estimated costs or savings and what would be needed to comply with federal elections laws.
… Critics of the bill passed by the state Senate on Thursday said they respect the effort to increase voter participation, but they pointed to the state’s struggles with Cover Oregon as an argument against tackling another large and complicated information technology project. They also cautioned that online voting would not be secure, citing as an example, the recent online intrusion that led to parts of the secretary of state website being shut down.
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