House Speaker Brian Bosma says he’s spent more time on problems with the new House electronic voting system than on any other issue being considered by the General Assembly this session.
The Legislative Services Agency, the General Assembly’s nonpartisan legal and fiscal analysis group, has spent more than a year developing a new, streamlined electronic voting system for the House and Senate that’s tied to a new General Assembly website.
But the system has been beset by problems since session began, including frequent delays on the House floor as lawmakers try to vote.
So far, Bosma has tried to keep the mood light.
“I’ve requested an abacus to be brought forward,” Bosma said at a recent session.
Still, he’s growing frustrated.
“Unfortunately I seem to be spending a lot of time thinking about technology at the moment and the House new technology system,” he says.
LSA Executive Director George Angelone says he shares that frustration and his staff is working overtime to solve the problems.
“For example, this weekend – Saturday, Sunday and Monday – we will have staff in who are testing each one of the subsystems to make sure that we can implement improvements,” Angelone says.
Angelone says he anticipates the problems with the voting system will be solved by the time bills must move from one house to the other, a period in which lawmakers hold dozens of floor votes in rapid succession.