V. Tech Thursday
Alabama: Online voter registration is quite a hit in Alabama. Since an unannounced soft launch on Jan. 22 through February 5 the system has seen 27,813 users statewide either registering for the first time or updating an existing registration.
Arizona: The Arizona Secretary of State’s office has launched a new voter website just in time for the 2016 election cycle. The new site, www.arizona.vote stream lines information and makes it easy to find out how to register to vote. The website has been in the works for about a year.
California: Supervisor Scott Wienter is calling for a hearing into the city’s attempts to adopt an open-source voting system that would use off-the-shelf hardware. “We want to set a trend here and around the country toward more open and transparent voting systems,” Wiener told KQED.
Florida: According WZVN, Lee County, Florida supervisor of elections candidate Dan Sinclair claims that his team was able to hack into the county’s elections system and view personal information about voters including their voting record. Current Supervisor of Elections Sharron Harrington said the hackers hacked an old server that did not contain any sensitive information. “There was public information, but it is all public information anyhow,” she told the television station. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.
Maryland: The State Board of Elections made it official late last week and unanimously ordered early voting sites for April’s primary to use paper ballots instead of touch-screen voting machines.
Massachusetts: According to Secretary of State William Galvin, almost 70,000 people have used the state’s online voter registration portal since the first of the year to update their information or register for the first time. “The online registration figures have been phenomenal, with about 26,000 registering in the first three days of this week,” Galvin said.