March 9, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
New Jersey Gov. Governor Jon S. Corzine (pictured) signed the delay legislation last Friday
New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine, citing the state's "critical economic situation and lack of appropriate technology" signed a bill into law Friday that delays a Jan 1 requirement that voting machines produce individual permanent paper records. The state has been wrestling with the question of voting machine reliability for some time.
According to media reports, the requirement if enacted, would cost around $20 million to fit 10,000 voting machines with printers. The bill just signed into law delays implementation "until the federal government supplies the necessary funds."
New Jersey Assemblywoman Joan M. Quigley sponsored the delay legislation which includes a pilot program to test the printing system.
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.