- Associated Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says Vermont is about to roll out a new software that will help it manage elections and share information about them with the public.

Condos said the new applications will provide Vermonters with easier access to information, improve transparency, and strengthen the overall reliability of elections functions.

“This is a huge step forward for Vermont. Among the many benefits of the new elections system, the chief benefits are that it will enhance the security, accuracy, and integrity of our elections,” he said.

The new elections system will support Vermont’s voter registration checklist, absentee ballot tracking, election management, campaign finance reporting, and lobbyist disclosure, Condos said.

“The campaign finance reporting application will be the first to be rolled out,” said Condos who said the upgrade to a new searchable database will be a big boost to transparency in the state.

Most of the more than $2 million cost of the project is being paid for with a federal grant under the Help America Vote Act.

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