Futuristic voting pondered at presidential panel

A voter arrives at a polling site at Makiki District Park on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Honolulu. After a grinding presidential campaign President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, yield center stage to American voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. (AP Photo/Kent Nishimura)
A voter arrives at a polling site at Makiki District Park on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Honolulu. After a grinding presidential campaign President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, yield center stage to American voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. (AP Photo/Kent Nishimura)

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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