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V. Tech Thursday

National Tech: The Election Initiatives at Pew Charitable Trusts this week launched the State Online Voter Registration Systems interactive. It’s an interactive look at how states implemented and offer online voter registration. The tool tracks which states offer online registration and summarizes our survey findings across five topics: legislation, development, features, access, and processing.

South Dakota: Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is promoting the state’s Vote 605 app that lets registered voters look up their polling place from their phone or tablet. The app also allows voters to view their sample ballot for state and local races and find the contact information for their county auditor.

Vermont: This week, the Vermont secretary of state’s office launched a new, searchable website that allows researchers, educators and the general public to search election results dating back to 1974. The database includes more than 5,000 elections and nearly 3,000 candidates. “I’m happy that we are able to launch this new research tool today providing Vermonters with easy access to election results,” Secretary of State Jim Condos said in a statement. 

Washington: The Elections Division has launched an upgrade to the MyVote, the state’s online voter service, with an emphasis on accessibility. The new version of MyVote was developed in collaboration with the Statewide Disability Advisory Committee, which includes voters who are blind or have sight impairment; the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library; election experts in Washington and other states; and designers and application developers. MyVote was independently tested for usability, using 14 different combinations of internet browsers and screen readers. “We want to put quality information in the hands of voters across the state to help them make voting choices,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said.