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By Pam Greenberg

Each year, the NCSL Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly. A look at websites of past winners can spark inspiration and new ideas for any legislative website.

Online democracy award logoSponsored by NCSL's Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS) and the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT), the award will be presented at NCSL’s 2018 Legislative Summit, July 30-Aug. 2, in Los Angeles.

Last year, the selection committee, made up of legislative staff from previously winning states, selected the Alaska Legislature’s website for its basic but clean and comprehensive interface designed to reach a population that is spread out geographically. The selection committee was also impressed by the site’s live chat function.

In 2016, the winner was the New York Senate website for its engaging public-interaction features and attractive and easy-to-understand graphics.

The sites are judged on a specific set of criteria based on their design, content and technology.

If you have a winning legislative, chamber or caucus website, be sure to submit your online entry by Friday, March 30!

Pam Greenberg is liaison to the National Association of Legislative Information Technology staff association.

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