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electionlineWeekly — September 18, 2014

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VI. Tech Thursday

California: Residents in California are now able to use ABVote to register to vote from their smart phone or computer. In addition to registering to vote, voters can input their address and view upcoming election dates, a list of candidates and ballot measures as well as polling place location and hours. ABVote is free and available for Adroid or Apple.

Arapahoe County, Colorado: The county — which is moving to largely vote-by-mail elections for the first time this year — has launched a new ballot alert system that will allow voters to track their ballots throughout the process. Ballot Track will send an alert via email, phone or text.

Los Angeles County, California: This week the Registrar-Recorder’s office launched a new, mobile-friendly website that allows county residents to access services in nine languages, access ballot information and register to vote. According to Efrain Escobedo, 30 percent of the site’s web traffic was already coming from mobile devices so making the site mobile-friendly was the logical step. “We know these efforts are more important as voter turnout continues to decline,” Escobedo told the Los Angeles Daily News.