In an effort to make government more efficient, Hawaii Gov. David Ige plans to start processing all documents electronically starting Thursday, according to a press release from his office.

The governor has signed about 1,180 departmental documents since taking office last Dec. 1.

Gov. David Ige uses a tablet to sign documents electronically. The governor is a big proponent of going paperless.

Gov. David Ige uses a tablet to sign documents electronically. The governor is a big proponent of going paperless.

Courtesy of the Office of the Governor

“To the extent possible, our goal is to eventually implement a secure electronic signature process across all departments, putting an end to what has been historically a very paper-heavy process,” Ige said in the press release. “Some of the departments have already elected to participate in the eSign program.”

Ige highlighted the importance of going paperless in his State of the State speech last January. Since then, he has required each state department to develop a plan for implementing electronic signatures and records.

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