Students at Woodland High School in Woodland, Wash., conducted the nation’s first online high school student government election in April, according to, which provided the software for the vote.

Voting began at Woodland High School at 8 a.m. in the school’s computer lab. When the polls closed at 2:45 p.m., 394 students had cast ballots, a 79.95 percent turnout. By 3 p.m., Principal John Shoup had announced the new student body president.

In past years, it was a scramble to complete the vote count by the end of the school day, school officials said. (formerly is a division of Soundcode Inc., an international supplier of voting services and security software. The company also tested its internet election software with the public in two Washington counties last month.