Johnson County’s Election Office, often recognized for its innovation in public service, has received national recognition for its Election Worker Electronic Resource Guide, also known as iPads at the Polls.
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School designated the Election Worker Electronic Resource Guide as a 2013 Bright Idea in the Innovations in American Government Awards Program.
Johnson County has matched election worker needs with technology by using electronic aides in Election Day administration. This initiative evolved from training election workers online to the deployment of an Election Worker Electronic Resource Guide, which includes training presentations, opening and closing checklists, countywide precinct maps, a keyword-searchable soft copy version of the training manual, examples of photo IDs that are acceptable for voting, and a street index guide that is used to direct voters to their correct voting locations.
Thirteen government programs were recognized by Harvard, and Johnson County’s was the only one from this region.
“We’ve had incredible budget pressures,” Election Commissioner Brian D. Newby said, “but we are addressing these as much as possible through technology and innovation, and it’s gratifying to see the work recognized.”
As a Bright Idea, the initiative is highlighted on the Ash Center’s website http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/Programs/Innovations-in-Government/Award..., the Government Innovators Network (GIN) homepage and included in a searchable database on the site.
Bright Ideas is an initiative that recognizes creative and promising government programs and partnerships. The initiative is offered through the Innovations in Government Program, a program of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. For more information, please visit http://innovationsaward.harvard.edu/BrightIdeas.cfm.
The application for the award was sponsored by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The award certificate is being sent for presentation to the Election Office by the County’s Board of County Commissioners.
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