Shawnee County Elections Office recognized nationally with award

Published: Aug. 3, 2017 at 5:42 PM CDT
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The Shawnee County Elections Office earned national recognition for its use of technology and saving taxpayers money.

Elections Commissioner Andrew Howell revealed Thursday the International Association of Government Officials awarded his office the iGo Innovator Award. iGo is a national group made up of elections officials and professionals.

The award was mainly given to recognize the RFP embedding process the office uses to allow people to vote, which Howell says has saved taxpayers over $300,000 dollars since 2015.

The RFP was started when Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte Counties joined forces to find a way to make voting easier. So far, they've saved Kansans a total of $1.6 million since 2015.

"We're proud of the work we've done," Howell said. "The public comment, the collaboration, working with other elections officials across the state to get this done. A lot of hard work went into this and a lot of hard work right here in this office, the staff, and we think it's important to tell that story."

The RFP makes it faster and easier to count votes, diminishes the possibility of human error and upgrades ADA accessibility.