Group ranks Burnet, Llano voter websites

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Members of the League of Women Voters registered citizens to vote Nov. 22 at Marble Falls St. Frederick Baptist Church. Pictured, from left, are: Nancy Hill, Jimmie Rushing and Evelyn Acosta-Cone, who assisted Lorna Ambrus of Burnet in the process.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A grassroots non-profit organization has labeled the elections websites for Burnet and Llano counties “not secure” in its latest survey of Texas county websites.

Overall, the League of Women Voters of Texas gave the Llano County website a score of 80 points, which earns a ranking of “Very Good,” while the Burnet County site only received 65 points, which earns a ranking of “Good.”

“The 2020 election year is almost upon us. Texas voters will be inundated with campaign messaging,” said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

“Voters will look to their counties to find accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on safe and secure county election websites. Many counties need to take steps now to become a trusted resource for voters.”

The League of Women Voters said their fourth survey of Texas county websites — conducted in late October and early November 2019 — celebrates counties large and small which meet the needs of the diverse voters in their county and brings to light significant deficits with many Texas county election websites.

According to the League of Women Voters' survey, “ensuring a safe and secure election should be a priority for county election officials,” yet of Texas 254 counties, 201 — including Burnet and Llano counties —have a website labeled “not secure” because they do not end with in .gov.

“Only nine counties provide a site where voters will feel confident they are at the right website with a government-verified DotGov domain,” the survey found. “Of the 254 county websites, many have URLs which end in '.com,' '.net,' '.org,' and 'tx.us.'” . . .

Find the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Nov. 27 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for Burnet County. To offer a comment or news tip, email lew@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 512-756-6136 or click the "E-Edition" like at the top right-hand corner of the page to subscribe to our online edition.

 

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