July 22, 2009 By News Report
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (pictured) has been an outspoken advocate for accountable and transparent election systems, and in 2007, she commissioned the Evaluation & Validation of Election-Related Equipment, Standards & Testing report, (EVEREST) which identified some significant security loopholes in voting equipment. Yesterday, Brunner announced that one of the election systems in question in the EVEREST review -- Elections Systems & Software's Unity 184.108.40.206 voting system -- has now been certified for use in Ohio. This marks the first time in almost three years that new voting equipment has been available for purchase and use by Ohio's 88 county boards of elections, according to a release from Brunner's office.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.