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electionlineWeekly — December 3, 2015

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 V. Tech Thursday

California: According to the secretary of state’s office 31 counties have now successfully deployed VoteCal, the statewide voter registration database. "We are more than halfway there. I am pleased to report that a majority of California counties have now deployed VoteCal,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement. There are 27 counties remaining that need to join the system.

Also in California, San Francisco hopes to have an open-source voting system designed and in use by 2019. According to the San Francisco Examiner, if Mayor Ed Lee and the board of supervisors adopt the recommendations of the elections commission, money for the system could be allocated in July 2016.

Maryland: Elections officials in one of the state’s largest jurisdiction is concerned that high turnout and a new voting system could lead to long lines in 2016 and they are asking the state for about $425,000 in funding to help purchase additional voting machines.

New Mexico: According to the Las Cruces Bulletin, online voter registration will launch statewide on January 1, 2016. “While internet access is not universal, we believe the response in New Mexico will be big and are preparing for large numbers of users,” Dona Ana County Chief Deputy Clerk Scott Krahling told the paper.