October 26, 2007 By Wayne Hanson
Governor Felix P. Camacho
Guam Governor Felix P. Camacho today signed PL 29-33 which prohibits the use of electronic voting machines until the Guam Election Commission fulfills all requirements set by law.
Earlier versions of the bill outlined requirements, saying that equipment must have an auditable paper trail, the equipment must be tested and certified as secure, that staff training has occurred, and that an island-wide education program for voters must be carried out so that use of the machines will be "no more problematic" than using paper ballots.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.