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Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman is pushing hard for online balloting for people who are the in military or overseas. From the Montgomery Advertiser :
On Thursday, Chapman hosted the third meeting of the recently created task force on military and overseas voting. Chapman chairs the group founded by Gov. Bob Riley at her request.
At the meeting, three vendors briefed task force members, military members, state officials and residents on the capabilities of their systems. Currently, they are the only companies facilitating state and national elections worldwide. It was the first time they had assembled in one place, Chapman said.
She wants to have online voting available for military members and residents overseas in time for the 2010 election cycle.
I covered some of the pros and cons of voting online when I was writing about the Michigan and Florida Democratic primaries. Obviously, the concerns about access that I highlighted don't apply unless you're talking about an exclusive Internet voting system. However, the Department of Defense considered online voting for members of the military in 2004, but ditched the idea when security experts balked.
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