LINCOLN – The State of Nebraska has been selected for a National States Geographical Information Council (NSGIC) election systems pilot program aimed at making sure all voters are able to vote on all the issues affecting their exact precinct address.
Secretary of State Robert Evnen announced today that the NSGIC selected Nebraska and four other states for this pilot project. NSGIC will host a GEO-enabled elections project that will help assure that correct ballots will be issued to voters with even greater accuracy. “Nebraska is one of five states selected for this pilot program,” stated Secretary Evnen. “Nebraska is dedicated to improving our elections data management system by integrating new technology.” Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data.
“Integrating GIS systems will work to ensure voters are given the correct ballot for the precinct in which they live.” Secretary Evnen explained, “This is especially important in local elections such as county commissioner, NRD districts, and school boards.” With GIS integration voters can be confident they are receiving the correct ballot that matches their address. Nebraska has a unique opportunity to improve the state’s election data management system. By identifying voting districts with this technology, Nebraska will be better prepared for redistricting after the 2020 census.
The project will start with Sarpy County testing a previously unused GIS module of Nebraska’s voter registration system, with the ultimate goal of a statewide implementation. Sarpy County, with approximately 113,000 registered voters, was the county selected as the pilot county to test the GIS module and place it into production. The GEO-Enabled Elections Pilot Program will roll out in three phases over three months.
“This is one of many initiatives under my administration that will continue to assure that Nebraska’s elections are accurate and secure,” Secretary Evnen explained.
For more information about the pilot and NSGIC visit https://elections.nsgic.org/