Here is an excerpt from the Secretary of State’s press release Thursday about how she’s getting the word about the new voting machines out:

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is posting new instructional videos for using optical scan ballots and the vote-by-phone system on her office’s website and making them available for download onto personal recording devices, including iPODs.

“In today’s world it’s difficult to reach voters, especially younger ones, unless you’re using the same technology they use,” said Bysiewicz. “So, I took a cue from my teenage children and decided we’d produce videos that people could download, and then watch when and where they want.”

The 90 second instructional videos have been produced in both English and Spanish and can be found at the Secretary of the State’s website.  The Secretary of the State’s office has also placed the videos on YouTube and is encouraging people to circulate the videos, through Facebook and other social networking services.

In addition, the Secretary of the State’s office is mailing nearly 800 copies – one for each polling place in Connecticut – to registrars of voters across the state. The registrars are encouraged to play the videos at the entrance of every polling place in their city or town.