V. Tech Thursday
California: Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan presented the county’s new voting system at South by Southwest Eco this week. The conference is an offshoot of the South by Southwest Music Festival. "South by Southwest was a great platform for us to come and share this specifically from a design element," Logan told KPCC. "We felt like it was very well-received."
Colorado: Colorado officials are set to test four different voting systems during next month’s general election and Secretary of State Wayne Williams will certify one to be used by all counties beginning in 2016. Each of the four systems will be used in a large and small county. "We're looking at a phased-in approach, so that if a county has a system in place that is working for them, they won't have to replace them," Williams told The Denver Post.
Vermont: Online voter registration is now live in the Granite State. This week the state became the 25th state (and the District of Columbia) to offer online registration to residents. According to Secretary of State Jim Condos, there are about 50,000 Vermonters who are eligible, but not registered. The system will cost the state about $2.7 million over 10 years. In addition to online voter registration, the site can be personalized to provide sample ballots, request absentee ballots and help voters locate their polling place.
Virginia: The Virginia Dept. of Elections has launched its new Citizen Portal that will allow residents of the Commonwealth to apply for absentee ballots online.