Senate of Virginia

        Feb 16, 2016

        Senate of Virginia

        Building a Reliable, Secure Voting System with Crestron Technology

        Richmond, Virginia

        Problem: Because voting is the bedrock of American democracy, any electronic voting system must be reliable, always available, easy to use, and extremely secure. For the Senate of Virginia, these were the key criteria for a new voting system to register and tabulate votes, control the order of business, call votes, recognize speakers, and summon members and pages. Decision Process: The Senate wanted a system that would give it better control over its technology. According to Jonathan Palmore, Senior Assistant Clerk, Technology, for the Senate of Virginia, “We really wanted complete control over the legislative mechanism, and we felt comfortable developing the application ourselves,” recalls Palmore. “The one thing we needed help with was the physical layer of voting—the part where our members would press a button, ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”

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