Staff Report on Feasibility of Remote Voting in the United States House of Representatives, Pursuant to House Resolution 965, § 5   [open pdf - 688KB]

From the Executive Summary: "In the early weeks and months of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, the U.S. House of Representatives modified its legislative operations to ensure that the House would be able to continue its critical work during the pandemic, while protecting the health and safety of all those who work in the House. For example, the House authorized committees to conduct virtual hearings, created an electronic hopper for the introduction of legislation, developed a system to electronically submit extensions of remarks, and took significant steps to swiftly expand the ability of its Members and staff to telework by distributing laptops and tablet computers and rapidly increasing the availability of online collaborative platforms for official work. The House also authorized remote voting by proxy and directed the chair of the Committee on House Administration (Committee) to study the feasibility of using technology to conduct remote voting in the House. The Committee has studied this issue, including by conducting a public hearing. The witnesses at that hearing - itself conducted in a virtual online format - included a former Republican Speaker of the House and several technology experts. All concluded that remote voting is technologically feasible. This staff report concludes that operable and secure technology exists to permit the House to conduct remote voting and that such technology is already in use by legislative bodies in both the U.S. and other countries."

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