Elections board website becomes mobile-friendly

Published 7:06 pm Monday, August 20, 2018

Beaufort County’s Board of Elections will have a new website soon.

It will have a different look, some new features and retains some links to voter and candidate information. County elections officials spent the last several days putting finishing touches on the upgraded website.

“It’s pretty much the same. It’s just prettier,” said Kellie Harris Hopkins, elections director for the county. “It is mobile-friendly so people with mobile devices can access it. It’s a little bit faster. It’s just a more secure site, and it’s updated.”

Hopkins said she told the person who assisted with the developing the new website to make it radically different from the previous website. The new website is expected to be up and running sometime this week.

“I told the guy — I showed him our website — ‘I don’t have a problem with they way this website looks or feels. I want it (new website) just like it.’ Now, it doesn’t look just like it. It’s very clean. It’s got a picture of Moss Landing on the top of it. It looks different — beautiful website,” Hopkins said. “ A few things have been moved around. There’s still the quick links.”
Website visitors can expect some minor tweaks in the coming days. “I’ll be customizing it a little bit more once I can get into it and changes pages and stuff,” Hopkins said.

The improved website, like its predecessor, will provide voters and others access to election results, candidate lists and sample ballots, she noted. Quick links provide access to polling places, early voting sites and schedules, voter history statistics, voting statistics and reports, information regarding absentee ballots, elected officials who represent or serve Beaufort County residents and information about Board of Elections meeting and events.

The new website, as did its predecessor, provides access to precinct maps, Beaufort County Board of Education district maps, congressional district maps, state House and state Senate district maps. It also provides information about changes in voting/election laws, such as voter ID requirements, same-day registration and the early voting process.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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