Honolulu neighborhood board elections win Harvard award

Published: Feb. 23, 2015 at 11:38 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Harvard University is recognizing Honolulu's all-digital neighborhood board elections for their innovative use of technology.

The John F. Kennedy School of Government selected the elections for an Innovations in American Government Bright Idea Award.

The neighborhood board elections were once conducted with paper and mail-in ballots.

The school says the city significantly cut costs when it the switched to a digital format. The city spends less on paper, return postage, processing and counting ballots.

Eligible voters are now mailed a passcode they use access a digital ballot either online or with a touch-tone phone.

The awards program recognizes and promotes excellence and creativity in the public sector.

The city said Friday this year's neighborhood board elections will also be conducted digitally.

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