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Arizona: The Arizona secretary of state’s website and online voter registration portal is back online this week after being taken off line for more than week over fears of a possible security breach. Following a forensic analysis by cybersecurity investigators, it was determined that no breach had occurred. "We have not found any evidence of malware or command and control software in the voter registration system and have restored its use," Secretary of State Michele Reagan said in a statement. "Voters can check their registrations and EQUAL users can continue to collect $5 contributions. We have implemented measures to ensure that access to the system is secure. For these reasons, we believe it is safe and prudent to turn the system back on and continue its use."

Virginia: Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) recently unveiled a new voter registration system that will eliminate the need for paper when voters register to vote at Virginia motor vehicle offices. According to The Washington Post, each year the DMV mails more than 500,000 completed paper voter registration applications to the state’s department of elections, which then sorts and mails them to local registrars. The new system will allow that to all be done electronically.