VII. Tech Thursday
Iowa: Despite the best efforts of elections officials and advocates, Linn County, Iowa was still receiving incomplete or improperly completed voter registration forms. The incomplete forms require staff to issue letters and take additional steps that adds to the workload, especially during a busy election year. In an effort to help improve the forms, the office created a how-to YouTube video to help educate residents on how to completely and accurately fill out their voter registration forms.
Maryland: Internal project-tracking provided to The Washington Post show that unresolved problems with the state’s new voting machines has shrunk from 87 to 24, none of which are high risk, according to the tracking. “The system is performing as expected,” Nikki Charlson, deputy election administrator told paper. “We don’t believe that there’s any issue with the equipment that we have seen that would call into question its ability to run in the primary.”
Missouri: According to a review by the Center for Technology and Civic Life, 52 of the 115 election authorities in Missouri have no election website at all and others are inefficient.
Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Department of State has won the 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence in Technology Award for the commonwealth’s new online voter registration system. “The goal of the online site was to increase participation in our electoral process by making voter registration more convenient, accessible and secure,” Secretary of State Pedro Cortés said in a statement. “This honor affirms what voters have already made clear – that online registration is a welcome addition to traditional registration methods.”