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 V. Tech Thursday

National: The Pew Charitable Trusts has released a new interactive tool that tracks state and local adoption of the use of e-poll books and summarizes survey findings on e-poll book use across the nation. Pew collected and compared information on five topics related to e-poll books: Whether a state required legislation to adopt EPBs; Who developed the necessary software and hardware; The functions and features that each state’s EPB offers; Whether EPBs within a state are linked locally or via the internet; and What voter information is collected and stored.

Georgia: Federal authorities have determined that no federal laws were broken in the breach of the Kennesaw State University’s Center for Election Systems. A “security researcher” was responsible for the breach, but no charges have been announced.

Iowa: In partnership with all 99 counties, Secretary of State Paul Pate will distribute tablet computers, equipped with the American with Disabilities (ADA) Checklist Program app, to every auditor’s office. The technology provided by the app will allow counties to more easily identify accessible polling locations in all 1,681 precincts across the state. Features of the app include the ability to take photos of polling place structures and providing guidance for making temporary accommodations. Additionally, it helps with polling place layout, reports and tracking supply needs for individual polling places.