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 VII. Tech Thursday

Arizona: According to the Arizona Republic, parts of the Arizona secretary of state’s website are down for “unspecified security-related maintenance.” In addition to campaign finance portions of the site being down, so is the voter registration system, although a spokesman for the secretary’s office said anyone attempting to use the online registration system would have their information queued until the system is up and working again.

Florida: Elections officials in Florida are relying more and more on social media to get the word out to all voters, but specifically the Millennials. "Millennials don't really do anything that is not on their phone," Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told the Sun Sentinel. "We want to make sure we are targeting all the individuals who need access. ... It is their future and they should participate." The county has recently launched a new Facebook page and posted videos on YouTube.

Georgia: The Floyd County board of elections and voter registration has been revamping the county’s elections website by placing more elections-related content online including campaign finance information, polling locations, election dates and election results.

Washington: Democracy Live — a Snoqualmie-based elections company — was recently invited to demonstrate the company’s web-based voting system to the United Nations. The company was specifically asked to demonstrate how its equipment could enfranchise disabled voters in relation to the UN’s Disability Treaty.