VI. Tech Thursday
National Tech: Bing and Google are both launching new search tools to help voters get all the news and information they need in advance of the November election. Bing Elections includes news, predictions on races as well as personalized voter guides and eventually a “My Ballot” option that will display location-specific ballot information and polling place information. How do I vote, Google? allows users to find state-by-state voter information and sign up for election reminders.
Georgia: In an effort to encourage people to vote, elections officials and voting advocacy groups in the Peach State have launched a #PostThePeach campaign to encourage voters to post pictures of their I Voted stickers on social media after they cast their early ballot.
Johnson County, Iowa: Johnson County isn’t just bringing the ballot box to the voters, the county is also making sure that voters know all they need to know in the palm of their hand. The county has launched the “Go Vote Johnson County” app for smartphones. The app, which works in English, Spanish and Arabic helps voters find their polling place and provide point-to-point directions.
Mississippi: In addition to emails, phone calls and the Internet, voters in Mississippi can now get important election information via text. “We want our citizens to have access to the most up-to-date information leading up to every election,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told WLOX. “A text message is a quick, easy way to help keep everyone informed.”
Montana: A new online tool—available via computer, tablet or smartphone—will allow qualified residents to begin the voter registration process before coming to the polls or elections office. Complete online registration is not yet available, but the new process allows people to pre-register.
Tennessee: This week Secretary of State Tre Hargett launched GoVoteTN, a new smartphone app available for iPhones or Androids. The app allows voters to look up polling place hours and locations, candidate information, sample ballots, county election commission information and follow results on election night.
Galveston County, Texas: This week the county launched a first-in-the-state smartphone app that gives voters access to election dates, information on voting by mail, and as up-to-the-minute as possible information on what ID may be required to cast a ballot. Voters will also be able to get election night results on the app. “We are really excited about this new addition to our election outreach effort,” County Clerk Dwight Sullivan told the Galveston Daily News. “A voter can use the app to find the closest polling locations to wherever they are in the county, and have a map display directions on how to get there.”