Election Day goes online with VoteHere.net

Election Day went online Tuesday when VoteHere.net provided the software and technical expertise to manage elections simultaneously in two states.

The Kirkland, Wash.-based company was expecting nearly 5,000 participants from an Ohio school election as well as about 1,000 online ballots from two counties in Iowa.

"Things are going great," company founder and chief executive officer Jim Adler said Tuesday from Iowa. "It's a municipal election, so we're expecting about 22 percent turnout.... We're hoping to see about 3,500 voters, and 70 to 80 percent of those will use our system."

In Ohio, students in 10 schools across the state are voting on an eight-page ballot, with an expected turnout of about 5,000 participants. More than 2,500 online ballots were completed by mid-afternoon Adler said.

A voter using VoteHere.net's (www.votehere.net) system gets a floppy disk from a poll worker, who authenticates the voter's identity. The voter then inserts the disk into a poll station PC and opens an Internet-based ballot. Unlike traditional voting, Internet voting does not require individuals to vote at their precinct.

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