Candidates, parties and political action committees can now file and maintain their financial reports online, Secretary of State Jim Condos said Tuesday.
The function is part of a 10-year, $2.8 million project to overhaul the secretary of state's elections website. Candidates can now enter their campaign finance reports (contributions and expenditures) into a searchable database.
The system will also track mass media purchases, Condos said, and all of the information will be available to the public as soon as it is filed.
The system is "a big step forward for financial transparency of political campaigns in Vermont," Condos said in a news release.
Use of the system is voluntary for the current election cycle but will become mandatory on Jan. 1. No previously filed reports will be included in the database, Condos said. The next filing deadline for candidates running for office in 2014 is Aug. 18.
When completed, the project will also provide voter checklist information, absentee ballot tracking, election result reporting and lobbyist disclosure information.