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electionlineWeekly — July 24, 2014

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IV. Tech Thursday

National Tech: This week, the U.S. Vote Foundation and the Overseas Vote Foundation launched an Election Official Directory Application Programming Interface (EOD API) that allows voters or elections organizations to utilize data in the Election Official Directory in their own application on their own website.

The Election Official Directory, created 10 years ago, facilitates overseas and military voter registration and absentee ballot request processing. It is used by more than 20 states, associations, campaigns and voter outreach organizations.

According to a release from OVF, new EOD API was inspired by a development request from Long Distance Voter, which will be the first licensee.

"With the new EOD API, voting and elections organizations will be encouraged to use the data to enhance their own voter services," Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, OVF and US Vote said in a statement.

Connecticut: The Nutmeg State has joined a growing list of states that provides voter registration apps for smartphone users. The app is available through Google Play and Apple. “I am very excited to offer these mobile apps for voter registration so any eligible Connecticut voter with a driver’s license can register for this year’s elections from the convenience of their smartphone or tablet,” Secretary of state Denise Merrill said in a statement. “Modern features like this help to reach new eligible voters, and the more people who participate the better.”

Florida: Voters in Broward County will be able to receive their sample ballot for the upcoming August primary via email. The sample ballots will be precinct specific and sent as a PDF.