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Missouri researchers to take a closer look at online voting

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December 15, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Researchers in the state of Missouri will be taking a closer look at online voting after the researchers received a $740,000 federal grant.

The Department of Defense grant specifically funds a study of online voting systems by overseas military troops and absentee voters. Both the Missouri Secretary of State, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren and the University of Missouri will be collaborating in the study.[1]

The study was developed after thousands of ballots were rejected due to delivery, return, registration and counting errors in the 2008 presidential election. The study, according to reports, will focus on the security obstacles of online voting.[1]

In 2011, the state of Oregon became the first state to use iPads in the election process in 2011. The pilot program used the touch screen devices in five counties. It allowed for senior citizens and voters with disabilities to vote with the devices. The benefit being the ability to adjust the text size and color if necessary. Users were also able to select their candidate by either typing or filling in the bubbles with a pen.[2]

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