The Burnet County Elections website is fairly new, but it’s already earning high marks from residents as well as the League of Women Voters of Texas, which rated it ‘outstanding’ in a recent report of all 254 Texas county elections websites. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton
Burnet County Election Administrator Doug Ferguson said he was appreciative of the rating and noted that he and his staff work hard to keep the website updated with the information voters need in an easy-to-use format.
“Our website is relatively new, built last year in the fall, so having gotten an outstanding rating is really nice,” he said. “We’ve also gotten good comments from voters over the last few months along with suggestions to help make it better, which we are always interested in.”
The league announced the ratings Monday, March 7.
Out of a 125 possible points, the Burnet County site scored 92.5. Scores of 90 or better were rated outstanding. Across the state, 56 county election sites earned outstanding ratings. Another 36 received a rating of “very good” for scores of 80-89.
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Texas reviewed county elections websites in February in preparation for the March 1 Democratic and Republican primaries. The organization rates county election sites based on a number of criteria, including website security, ease of use for voters, providing help for special categories of voters (military, overseas, special needs, students), providing voter identification information, providing information in a second language, and containing links to the Texas Secretary of State’s website and the league’s nonpartisan voter guide.
The Burnet County Elections website is designed to be easy to use on computers, tablets, and smartphones.
“I think this is a cool part of the design, but the overall strength is having all the information where the voter can find it easily, no matter what category the voter is looking for,” Ferguson said.
People expect more from an elections website, even compared to a few years ago, he said.
“I want our website to maximize the voter’s experience, and I want to know how we can improve on that,” he continued.