||Oct. 3, 2013
Shawn Devine, Kitsap County Elections Communications,
Kitsap Elections receives federal grant for military and
overseas voting system
(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Elections led
a group of 16 Washington counties that was recently awarded $743,580 in
The grant enables participating counties to implement
and maintain an electronic ballot delivery system for military and
overseas voters. The ballot delivery system will be similar to Kitsap's
acclaimed Online Ballot Access.
Online Ballot Access - developed by Democracy Live -
allows voters to receive their specific ballots by email, eliminating
the need to mail ballots to voters living and working outside of
Washington state. During the 2012 Presidential Election, Online Ballot
Access was used by Kitsap voters in more than 50 countries.
"This is a significant improvement because it greatly
reduces the amount of time needed to deliver ballots to Washington
voters residing in distant locations," said Kitsap County Elections
Manager Dolores Gilmore.
The Kitsap County Auditor's
Office submitted the grant application on behalf of participating
counties and is responsible for dispersing funds and submitting required
reports during the five year program.
The other counties in the consortium are: Adams,
Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Cowiltz, Douglas, Garfield, Grays Harbor,
Kittitas, Mason, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Snohomish, Thurston and Walla
"Kitsap was one of the first counties in the nation
to implement an online ballot delivery system so it makes perfect sense
that they lead this group," says Bryan Finny, CEO Democracy Live. "We
are thrilled to partner with counties in deploying this system which
will improve access for thousands of voters."
"We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide
leading edge services to our citizenry," said Kitsap County Auditor
Walter E. Washington. "Through the use of shared resources within this
grant we are able to improve ballot delivery to voters."
To learn more about the Federal Grant
Federal Statement: This effort is sponsored by the
Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) over the term of the Grant, the
content of the information in this news release does not reflect the
position or policy of the Government; and no official Government
endorsement should be inferred.