Secretary of State’s Website Sucks

by jhwygirl

I’ve tweeted it enough…I have to just blog it.

For someone (me) who uses the state website plenty to gain info – the DEQ website, the legislative website (which is by far, the best), DNRC’s website – hell, the Governor’s page – you’d think I’d not have much trouble navigating the Secretary of State’s website. Wrong. It’s comparable to trudging in quick sand.

How many times have I been there to check the candidate filing? Yet I still have to poke and prod to find what I’m looking for. It is NOT intuitive or easy at all.

Brad Johnson had a far better website. Sorry if anyone gets offended by that.

On that note – the SOS website changed, it seemed, almost immediately after the election. Days. Is that how quickly someone is able to redesign an entire executive branch website? That, to me, is an indicator of why the place is a mess.

If anyone up there reads this and is inclined to maybe improve the site, I’d suggest they have their IT web person head on over to the legislative service’s IT web person, and talk to them and take some notes.

There’s such a thing as ADA compliance for websites….I’m pretty sure that the SOS’s website doesn’t quite cut it.

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  1. Anon

    How many times have I been there to check the candidate filing? Yet I still have to poke and prod to find what I’m looking for. It is NOT intuitive or easy at all.

    Link to who has filed by date (legislative):
    https://app.mt.gov/cgi-bin/filing/index.cgi?ACTION=LIST_LEG&ORDER_BY=FILING_DATE&DESC=1
    or
    http://bit.ly/9y2i5l

    I’d create a shortcut to it on my desktop if I used it much.

    Newest filings of Legislators on top.

    • Thanks Anon…I had found it.

      Once beyond the main page, they have obvious links (underlined words)…but it’s not clear what pics and logo stuff is links, and what isn’t.

      The picture links? The wording is so small on it, I think that is part of the problem? Visually, they don’t even look like links, meanwhile all the wording is littered with underlined words that clearly are links.

      What a mess.

      Your suggestion is good. I’m going to put a direct link up there under Citizen’s Info just so I don’t have to go torture myself again.

    • HelenaUser

      In my line of work, I have to use the Secretary of State’s web site daily. I think the homepage is MUCH BETTER than the previous web page. As someone who uses the site often, the back pages are pretty much the same as before – only cleaned up.

      When I’ve called the Office to ask where certain information is, they’re quick to let me know that the site is still under construction – and will be updated by the end of the year.

      It’s a new administration, and things take time. Also, the candidate filing stuff is CLEARLY on the front page. I don’t see why folks would have trouble finding it! All in all, it’s a huge improvement over what was up there before. Trust me – I use it often.




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