091213 _ BRIEF websiteCity Hall’s website — smgov.net — has been named a finalist by the Center for Digital Government in their annual Best of the Web competition, placing it among the top 10 online city portals in the country, it was announced Wednesday.

Santa Monica has been offering services online since 1989, city officials said.

“We welcome the challenge to adapt, evolve, and use new and existing technologies in public service” said Jory Wolf, City Hall’s chief information officer. “We are always looking for new and better ways to use our website and other communications technologies to engage the public.”

Websites considered for the award were judged on innovation, functionality, productivity and performance.

A unique online offering that helped Santa Monica prevail is the SMVote.org voter information site, a one-stop-shop for all matters relating to Santa Monica’s municipal elections including information pertaining to candidates and ballot measures, links to find polling stations, and previous election results. The site is fully responsive, adapting itself to desktop computers, tablet computers, and smartphones, city officials said in a news release.

Best of the Web recognizes outstanding state and local government portals. The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.