Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.
National study gives Iowa site top ranking
“We’re very happy to hear that we are providing quality resources via the Internet,” Secretary of State Michael Mauro said in a prepared statement. “Our office will continue to work on providing vital election information in an easily accessible format.”
The report titled, “Being Online is Not Enough: State Elections Web Sites,” examined all state elections web sites to determine whether citizens could find official election information. The sites were evaluated for overall usability on the criteria of presence, navigation, content, accessibility, search and site tools.
“Iowa clearly has spent a great deal of time ensuring that its election site serves Iowans,” said Michael Caudell Feagen, director of Pew’s Make Voting Work. “While there is always room for improvement, the Iowa Secretary of State’s site serves as a model for other states.”
The Pew Center on the States is the research division of Washington, D.C.-based Pew Charitable Trusts.