Vermont Election Success
ORLANDO, FL – A Government Technology case study published this week outlines how the State of Vermont, leveraging Civix technology, overcame unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as cybersecurity threats to run successful, secure elections.
“Vermont is a national leader in election execution and transparency, and we’re proud to partner with them,” said Civix Government President Mike Wons. “We worked closely with the state, helping them overcome significant challenges in a short period of time, and while difficult, the experience proved the power of simple, modern and secure technology to facilitate fair and trusted elections.”
According to the case study, “The health crisis forced the state to quickly shift gears to a vote-by-mail format. State officials made the decision in April 2020, with the approval of the state legislature, to mail out a ballot to all eligible, registered voters in the state for the general election in November.”
“[W]e had never proactively mailed a ballot out to all voters on a checklist. And while that may sound simple, it’s a decidedly different animal; it’s a monumental task,” Will Senning, director of elections after the election processing ballots and campaign finance in the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office is quoted as saying in the case study.
In addition to the massive challenge of expanded mail-in voting, the state also needed to secure elections against cybersecurity threats.
To help address both, the state levered the Civix Election Platform, which includes modules for voter registration, mail-in and absentee ballots, a public access portal, and a real-time election results reporting solution, among others. The case study details how the Civix technology enabled the state to successfully manage expanded mail-in ballots and keep its elections secure.
“Civix technology will play an important role in future elections in Vermont,” the case study reads.
The piece was developed and written by the Government Technology Content Studio. Government Technology is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.
To read the case study, click here.