Charlottesville Launches Electronic Absentee Ballot Program
Charlottesville active duty and overseas voters can now choose their candidates with the click of a mouse. The city launched its new electronic absentee ballots program last week.
Almost 150 city voters living and serving abroad now have access to a web portal that allows them to securely access their ballots online.
The technology is called LiveBallot. Eligible voters click on a link to the portal, enter their information, cast their vote and then mail it back to the Charlottesville Registrar's Office.
Under the recently passed Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, the voters must get their ballot 45 days before an election.
Charlottesville's voter registrar says people are responding well to the new program.
"The process has been cumbersome to this point. This is such an easy way to get a ballot all over the place. We had a woman correspond immediately from Afghanistan telling us thank you. They just love how easy it is," said Sheri Iachetta, Charlottesville's voter registrar.
The technology allows administrators to keep track of who accesses the program.
They can see details like IP addresses, what country the ballot was accessed from, and whether they marked their vote online.
One thing overseas voters can't do is submit their filled-out ballots online. Iachetta says the Charlottesville Registrar's Office is currently working on legislation to make that happen.