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electionlineWeekly — August 18, 2016

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 VIII. Tech Thursday

National Tech: According to Google, online searches for “voter registration” are up 130 percent from this time in 2012. Google has also added a state-by-state voting guide for “how to vote” searches.

Colorado: This week, the secretary of state’s office launched a new way for Coloradans to get involved in the process—by registering to vote with a text. Eligible residents can text the word Colorado or CO to 2Vote (28683) and then open a link on the secretary of state’s website. “In today’s on-demand society, we’re staying one step ahead addressing the needs of millennials, Gen-Xers and anyone who wants information immediately,” said Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Kentucky: In the five months since it launched, more than 36,000 Kentuckians have used the state’s new online voter registration system to either register for the first time or update an existing registration. More than 2,700 18-year-olds have used the system to register for the first time. The oldest user of the system is 98.

Massachusetts: Woburn City Clerk William Campbell has created 123voter.com that provides Woburn voters with a gateway to all the information they may need about the upcoming presidential election. "There is going to be a tremendous turnout for this election in the fall, and I thought it would be a good idea to gather all voter information in one place," said Campbell. Campbell bought the 123voter.com domain name and manages the website himself.

"It's a low-maintenance website that is easy to use," he said.