The Natick Town Meeting in Massachusetts has recently approved the use of electronic voting to facilitate decision making during its legislative sessions.
According to Rich Sidney, Chairman of the Electronic Voting Study Committee, the system would cost about $12,000 per year for 16 sessions, including the personnel to run it.
Sidney said that electronic voting offers several benefits, including accelerating vote-taking and increasing accuracy and accountability as individual members’ votes can be recorded and published.
Each member will be assigned a device to vote. Members can raise points of order if they see people with multiple devices.