In this year’s election, Los Angeles County and the California secretary of state are trying to make voting easier, with the county redesigning its elections Web site and the state approving a new electronic voting system.

Conny McCormack, the registrar-recorder/county clerk, launched her department’s new Web site Wednesday, March 1st.

The Web site was redesigned in the hopes that users could easily navigate the site to find election information.

The site now features drop-down boxes for menu options, interactive capabilities to find polling places and ballot information, an advanced search engine, and county e-mail contact information.

“Our goal is for the user to ultimately find the Web site to be a valuable resource — one that is useful, informative, and easy to navigate,” McCormack said.

The county’s elections Web site is www.lavote.net

Bruce McPherson, California secretary of state, certified the Hart InterCivic eSlate voting system Friday, March 10th, for use in state elections.

The eSlate system is an integrated voting and election management service that provides paper-based balloting, direct electronic records, statewide voter registration, tabulating, and reporting.

“The Hart InterCivic eSlate system passed rigorous scrutiny, and, as with any voting system, the decision was carefully weighed before my determination to grant certification,” McPherson said.

The eSlate system was the subject of a public hearing March 1st, with two other voting systems that were awaiting a federal identification number.

The California voting system certification process involves ten standards that must be met and volume testing to ensure real-world Election Day scenarios such as those in razor-close races.

“I am proud of California’s stringent process, which ensures that the integrity of each and every vote is protected on Election Day,” McPherson said.

Election Day, also known as the general election, is Tuesday, November 7th.

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