Futuristic voting pondered at presidential panel

DENVER (AP) — Western elections officials have shared a slate of proposals for nationwide consideration with a presidential commission touring the country looking for ways to improve voting. Among them: allowing voters to print ballots at home like airline boarding passes, or to skip traditional precincts for weekend voting at vote centers.

The panel met with the officials Thursday in Denver.

Elections officers from California, Colorado, Oregon and New Mexico laid out ideas on slashing wait times and bringing vote procedures into the Internet age. They say advances are possible without alienating older voters and people who don’t want to retain in-person Election Day voting.

Los Angeles County is developing new voting machines that can “read” ballots printed at home, similar to checking in for a flight at airports. Other talked about the need for voting innovations.

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