November 3, 2008 By News Report
Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that his office will be utilizing various techniques to communicate important messages on Election Day and to monitor the election. Grayson and his deputy assistant secretary of state will be using "Twitter" to communicate to voters important information that occurs on Eection Day. Their Twitter accounts are also tied to other popular social sites such as Facebook.com.
"Clearly, the way that Americans communicate is changing rapidly," remarked Grayson. "Our office is trying to be on the cutting edge and communicate through as many avenues as possible. Hopefully, these efforts will allow us to communicate more rapidly and directly to our constituents."
Grayson said that the office plans to include the latest news from throughout the state on the sites so that citizens and members of the media can keep up to date on the latest information. The communications will come primarily from the State Board of Elections headquarters in Frankfort, where the State Board of Elections stages an operations center to staff Election Day.
Grayson's twitter account can be found at twitter.com under the username KYTrey. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Les Fugate's username is LesFugate.
Making the Office of the Secretary of State more accessible via technology has been a focus of Grayson's administration. He is a pioneer in using popular mediums such as Facebook to make the political system more approachable to young people. Grayson's office has an international, award-winning Web site with increased online election services so that information is readily available for Kentucky citizens 24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week.
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