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electionlineWeekly — April 21, 2016

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 VI. Tech Thursday

Connecticut: This week, Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced that the state has completed work on a real-time election results reporting system. The program will launch in a few towns during the primary on April 26. According to published reports, the system will allow allow local election officials to enter returns from their town into an Internet-based system. In the past, town elections officials would fax or email elections results—sometimes PDFs of hand-written tallies—to the secretary of state’s office.

 New Mexico: The Land of Enchantment launched its online voter registration system in January 2016 and since then, more than 5,500 people have registered to vote for the first time and 11,000 have used it to update their information. "It's been received very well," Kari Fresquez, elections director with the Secretary of State's Office told KOAT. "We've gotten a lot of positive feedback."

 Rhode Island: Rhode Island has launched a new mobile version of the state’s Voter Information Center that allows voters to check their registration status, look up their polling place and view a sample ballot. The Voter Information Center is available in English and Spanish, and has constantly updated, customized information for upcoming elections. “We live in a mobile-driven society and I have made it a priority to modernize our elections so that folks can find the information they need, when they need it,” Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea told WPRI.

 Wisconsin: According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Brown County is seeking $100,000 in taxpayer funds to replace the county’s aging voting system as soon as possible. County Clerk Sandy Juno said the county had hoped to get through the 2016 election cycle with the existing system, but a system failure during testing before the March primary mean Juno wants to make the change now. "We need to take care of this right away," Juno told the paper. "It's an emergency."