Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos unveiled a new website, www.sec.state.vt.us, this week.
"The goal was to make it easier for the public to find the resources they need. I feel we have accomplished this by creating a website that is user friendly and intuitive," Condos said in a statement.
Condos initiated the overhaul project shortly after he took office in 2011.
The Secretary of State's office handles a wide array of official business for the state, including elections, licensure of corporations and professional occupations and the state's archives.
The new website is designed to make it easier for Vermonters to register a business, apply for a professional license, find a justice of the peace, register to vote, or file a complaint against an accountant, lawyer or dentist.
It is also a tool for researchers who want to get information about businesses in Vermont, lobbyist disclosure documents or archived election results.
"Really, what it all comes down to is transparency," Condos said in a statement. "My hope is that the new site will make more information more clearly accessible to Vermonters."
The new website does not include a planned elections administration platform, which is now underway. Earlier this year PCC signed a 10-year contract worth $2.8 million for the second project.
The corporations and elections system projects will cost about $5 million and will be funded by federal grants and fees. The improvements will take several more years to fully complete. The cost estimate does not include upgrades to the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.
Condos says the elections administration platform will offer real-time elections results in the 2016 election and up-to-date campaign finance data starting this summer.