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electionlineWeekly — September 15, 2016

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 VII. Tech Thursday

Minnesota: This week, Clear Ballot announced a new partnership with Kids Voting Minnesota that will support more than 100,000 Minnesota K-12 student’s participation in a mock election on November 8. In addition to allowing students to cast a ballot on Election Day, the Kids Voting Minnesota Network provides election-related lessons and resources to help students learn about the right to vote, democracy, civic responsibility, and the importance of participation in the political process. Clear Ballot is providing access to online ballot design and layout software that will allow districts to customize the ballot to closely resemble the adult ballot in their community. Clear Ballot is also providing commercially available high-speed optical Fujitsu scanners at cost to scan the ballots and capture ballot images in a digital database.

Mississippi: This week Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann launched ‘Y’all Vote’. The site allows citizens already registered to vote update their registration information. The site also provides voters with all the information they may need for the upcoming election. “Making it more convenient for Mississippi voters to change preexisting information, while ensuring the security and accuracy of information submitted, was the ultimate goal of Y’all Vote,” Hosemann said in a statement. “However, there are numerous other benefits, including saving taxpayers’ time and money. We will be able to print less paper applications and process information more efficiently. Voters will not have to pay for postage.” As an aside, can electionline say just how much it loves the name!

Washington: A back-end pathway into the state’s voter registration database was discovered and closed last week. According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the information accessible via the back-end pathway included voters’ personal cell phone numbers, personal email addresses, ballot delivery types and the coding used to message military and overseas voters. "We want to make it clear that this was neither a security breach nor a hack of the voter system," said the secretary of state's release.  "Also, no otherwise protected personally identifiable information, such as Social Security or driver's license numbers, was ever accessible."