Jan 26, 2017
Commitment to innovation puts Denver Elections Division on the world stage
(Denver) –Denver has been recognized for Outstanding Achievement in International Institutional Engagement and Electoral Ergonomy by the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) for eSign/VRD.
eSign, our first-in-the-nation innovation that allows voters to sign petitions on a tablet instead of paper, is new and improved and features a new Voter Registration Drive module that allows entities to register voters using a tablet. That increases the number of valid forms submitted by decreasing the chances of errors on forms or incomplete forms being submitted. eSign/VRD also enhances accessibility options for voters by leveraging the built in accessibility suite within the tablet.
“Only two entities from the United States were recognized by the ICPS and Denver was the only municipality to receive an award,” Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson said. “All of the other elections offices represented entire countries. That makes this award particularly special to us.”
“Some of the past award winners from the ICPS include former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former South African President Nelson Mandela,” Denver Director of Elections Amber McReynolds added. “To be recognized for our efforts is both humbling and indicative of our commitment to create innovative solutions that better serve our customers.”
eSign also allows petition circulators to use tablets as petition marking devices while also confirming a signer’s eligibility on the spot, reducing the number of invalid signatures and creating a more streamlined and efficient signature gathering process.
Some of eSign’s other features include a dashboard for the campaign or circulator to keep a running tally of collected signatures, and a proactive tool for the voter to opt in to future communications. eSign also increases security options for the voter by immediately securing personal information including the signature so that it is not available on a paper form that could be lost.