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Automated tool clears 66,000 marijuana convictions in LA

Nearly 66,000 residents of Los Angeles County with past marijuana-related convictions will have their records cleared with Code For America’s Clear My Record tool, according to an announcement Thursday from the nonprofit and Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey on Thursday. The announcement marks the end of Code for America’s pilot to reduce convictions under Proposition 64, California’s 2016 law that decriminalized personal possession and use of marijuana. In total, the Code For America tool will be used to expunge more than 85,000 prior marijuana convictions across five counties. The platform has also been used in Chicago, where Cook County, Illinois, State Attorney Kim Foxx <a href="https://preprod.statescoop.com/illinois-code-for-america-marijuana-clear-my-record/">started clearing records</a> last month. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Voatz is full of bugs, MIT researchers say

The Voatz mobile voting app that's been used in pilot projects across multiple states is full of bugs that could allow a successful hacker to “alter, stop, or expose how an individual user has voted," according to research published Thursday by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The researchers' findings align with previous criticisms of internet-based voting, which the election-security community has said is fundamentally unsafe. "We all have an interest in increasing access to the ballot, but in order to maintain trust in our elections system, we must assure that voting systems meet the high technical and operation security standards before they are put in the field," wrote Daniel Weitzner, the director of MIT's Internet Policy Research Initiative. But Voatz fired back, saying that the MIT team "fabricated an imagined version of the Voatz servers" and conducted its tests on an outdated version of its app. Benjamin Freed has more.

Local IT leaders emphasize mission, service delivery

For IT leaders in local government, the opportunity of public service is one that allows technologists to tackle big problems for the benefit of the communities they love. “I’ve never seen in government the trend like it is now,” Brandon Williams, innovation and strategy manager for Eagle County, Colorado, says in the newest episode of StateScoop’s LocalSmart podcast. Williams was one of 35 winners of StateScoop's LocalSmart awards last year, which honored innovative IT leaders in local government. Listen to the podcast.

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