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Iowa Secretary of State Digitizes Iowa's Constitution

A top Iowa official unveiled a cool new project he's been working on.
Des Moines, IA (ABC9 News) - A top Iowa official unveiled a cool new project he's been working on. Iowa's Secretary of State partnered with the state librarian to put the Iowa constitution in digital form.

The original constitution, written in 1857, can now be viewed on the state library of Iowa's website.

"Being able to get online and, just with a few clicks, you can see the entire document and that's something you can't do just coming into our office. It is under glass. It is in a protected environment and the only thing you can see is the first page where as here, you can actually get to enjoy the entire document," says Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz.

The digitization process was completed using an overhead scanner with a specialized bed to protect fragile documents and high-quality digital cameras for the best possible images.

Schultz says he hopes the availability of the document sparks Iowans' interest in state government.
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