South Dakotans are having all sorts of fun circulating petitions for ballot measures this year. Petitioning would be even more fun and efficient if we adopted the Denver Election Division’s awesome electronic petition app for tablets!
The Denver Elections Division’s rollout of a tablet app for candidate petition signing this year has received a top award from a national professional group of election officials.
In the ballot-qualification stage of the spring municipal election, some candidates checked out tablets loaded with the app. Supporters signed on the screen, allowing the campaigns to quickly verify the person’s registration and keep a running total of signatures.
That saved campaigns from the uncertainty that typically leads them to collect many more signatures than needed before turning in candidacy petitions.
On Thursday, the Election Center presented the Democracy Award to Elections Division director Amber McReynolds at its national conference in Houston [John Murray, “Denver Election Officials Win National Award for Petition Tablet App,” Denver Post, 2015.08.21].
The system isn’t perfect: 3% of the e-signatures were invalidated. However, the invalidation rate for traditional signatures was 29%. The ability to check and count voter signatures right away made life much easier for candidates: the Denver Elections Division says that every candidate in this spring’s municipal election who used their app qualified for the ballot on the first submission.
And don’t forget how much nicer it would be to carry a single iPad instead of a clipboard of papers on a windy South Dakota day like today.
Denver company 303 Software produced the eSign app for Denver Elections. ESign may be the first road-tested electronic petition app in the U.S. Denver’s municipal election candidates had to gather 300 signatures; the software would require little if any adjustment to handle a statewide petition drive requiring thousands of signatures in South Dakota. Secretary Krebs, call Denver Elections and 303 Software today!