Voting 2.0

A Fargo college student’s testimony in the Senate election trial is evidence of antiquated election policies, Norm Coleman said.

Coleman watched Thursday as Peter DeMuth, a North Dakota State University student and Plymouth, Minn., resident, testified that his absentee ballot was rejected in the November election because he completed a ballot form online. Since the computer mouse did not allow him to properly sign his name, he just initialed the document. DeMuth’s ballot, which he said included a vote for Coleman, was rejected because the initials did not match his signature on the ballot envelope.

Coleman said today that if he prevails in the unresolved Senate race, he wants to work on state and federal election reforms to make it easier to complete voting documents on the computer.

"We’re going to have to figure out a better way to accomodate the changing technological reality, particularly with the generation that is so focued on using technology to live their lives," Coleman said.

Legal documents, college loan applications and many other documents can be completed on the computer, rather than with pen and paper, Coleman added.