Pa. State Department unveils new website

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | May 19, 2015 6:13 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The state agency which oversees elections in Pennsylvania is unveiling a new way to view the returns just in time for today's primary.

The commonwealth's Department of State has redesigned its web site to allow users to view election results on mobile devices, customize searches, receive timely updates, and modify graphics.

Marian Schneider, deputy secretary for Elections and Administration, says the redesigned website has two new features.

"The website has been optimized for mobile devices. So, that's one thing that's new," she says. "In addition, the users can customize their searches. For example, they can select by race or if they're interested in a particular county."

Schneider notes the agency is anxious to see how the website performs in the first election since the changes were made.
"This is a good election to be rolling out something new, because it's a municipal primary," she says. "Although every election is important, these tend to have a lower turnout and lower demand for web services."

The revamped site will go live soon after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. tonight.

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