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electionlineWeekly — August 4, 2016

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 VI. Tech Thursday

National Tech: Homebrew CEO Hunter Walk has created a campaign targeting other tech entrepreneurs to allow their employees time off to vote on November 8. "There's sometimes an incorrect notion that the tech sector is apathetic about politics," Walk told ATTN. "I know that to be incorrect and thought we could highlight the companies and leaders who are actively encouraging their teams to take time to vote." So far about 100 companies have agreed to participate.

Georgia: Georgia has launched a pilot program that will allow voters to register to vote via text message. The program was created by Global Mobile and allows voters to check their existing registration or register for the first time by texting GA or Georgia to 2VOTE (28683)

Illinois: After being offline for nearly two weeks, Illinois’ voter registration system is once again available to the public. The system had been shut down in the wake of a cyberattack. The board said its voter database is a frequent target of hackers, but this is the first time anyone has succeeded in accessing it. Officials are confident no voter information was altered.

Rhode Island: This week, Rhode Island officially launched its new online voter registration system. Residents can now update their voter information, or register to vote on a computer or smart phone with internet connections. “When I ran for office, I pledged to Rhode Islanders that I would utilize the latest technology to modernize elections in our state," she said in a news release today. "I am pleased to make good on that promise today by launching online voter registration for eligible voters across the state. This technology makes it easier for voters to register to vote and update their voter information while improving the accuracy and integrity of Rhode Island's voter rolls.”