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electionlineWeekly — February 4, 2016

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 V. Tech Thursday

Alabama: This week, Alabama joined an ever-growing list of states and the District that allow voters to register online to vote. New registrants do need a valid Alabama driver’s license. The new system launched two weeks before the deadline to register for the upcoming primary.

Georgia: Just in time for the voter registration deadline, the state released a new app GA VOTES available for Apple or Droid that allows residents to register to vote by entering their driver’s license number.

Maryland: Maryland elections officials are hoping to launch the state’s new paper ballot voting system during early voting instead of on primary day because the state’s outgoing touch-screen voting machines cannot display all the candidate’s names on one screen.

New Mexico: According to the secretary of state’s office, since online voter registration launched at the beginning of 2016, 2,867 new registrations have been completed through the online portal.

Oklahoma: The State Board of Elections has launched a new absentee ballot system that will allow voters to submit their ballot request online. “Voting by mail is a convenient way to cast your ballot in Oklahoma without having to worry about lines on Election Day,” Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax told Tulsa World. “This new system will make voting by mail easier than ever by letting voters request an absentee ballot with the click of a mouse.” In addition to the new online request system, voters will still be able to request ballots via mail, fax, e-mail or delivering the form in person.