Reform Party to vote online
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 16, 2000
In another step toward national acceptance of online voting, the Reform
Party plans to allow members to cast votes for its presidential nominee
online before the party's fourth national convention.
The online voting will be restricted to five or six days to ensure security,
as opposed to a month-long mail-in vote period.
Gerald Moan, Reform Party chairman and convention committee chairman, said
the decision was made because of the success in Arizona, where about 40,000
Democrats voted online. Arizona Democrats held the first, binding Internet
vote in the party's March primary.
"I'm sure there will be glitches, but nothing that will change the vote,"
Moan said. He guessed that about 200,000 online votes would be cast, a number
based on estimates from the Arizona vote. The party will mail 1.5 million
The party has not worked out details with the contracted site, eBallot.
However, Moan said that in each mail-in ballot, a personal identification
number would be included with information about online voting. That PIN
number could be used at the eBallot site.
The voting dates have not been set, but Moan said it would be in late July
to early August, just before the Reform Party's national convention Aug.
10-13 in Long Beach, Calif.