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VI. Tech Thursday

Minnesota: The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office has launched a new and improved website. The site is designed to improve the visual experience. It’s the first time that all branches of the secretary of state’s office may be reached through one website.

Nebraska: Nebraska’s online voter registration app won the Innovation of the Year award at the 2016 StateScoop Awards. The awards honor the best and the brightest IT leaders and programs that make state and local government more efficient and effective.

Oregon: Portland-based computer science research and development firm Galois has created a new spin-off Free & Fair that will tackle elections security. According to the Portland Business Journal, the technology behind Free & Fair is based on work to help elections officials move away from out-dated, expensive and proprietary systems and into secure, open source technology.

Virginia: A Blacksburg-based start-up is relying on real-time, block chain technology — like what is used with Bitcoin — to create a secure voting system. Company CEO Adam Ernest said the new platform is more like allowing voters to control the vote count than a third-party.