NCSL’s Online Democracy Award is given each year to a legislature, legislative chamber, or caucus whose website makes democracy user-friendly in an exceptional way. The winning website is chosen by a committee of legislative staffers who evaluate each site’s design, content and use of technology.
“Making government transparent and inclusive builds the nation, quietly, but just as consequentially as volunteers registering new voters, pioneers charting the wilderness, or revolutionaries marching at Valley Forge,” said Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. “Online democracy is a giant leap in the evolution of local self-governance and human freedom.”
This is the second time Utah won the award—the Legislature’s website won the first prize when NCSL initiated the program in 2005. This year, the website won over the panel of judges with its simple interface and intuitive navigation that facilitates the public’s access to the Legislature.