July 7, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Voters will also be able to click on any of the candidates appearing on the ballot to watch, listen and read a statement directly from the participating candidates. The Washington Secretary of State's office assisted with funding and local colleges helped with filming.
"We are excited about the launch of the video voter guide," State Elections Director Nick Handy said. "It continues the Secretary of State's vision of making voter information accessible and compelling. This new voter tool embraces the future by providing voters the ability to easily watch and listen to every participating candidate appearing on their ballot who chooses to submit a video."
Nine counties have applied for the grant funding. The grant program is designed to assist all voters with disabilities gain equal access to voting and elections-related information.
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.