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Monday, April 12, 2010

Registered to vote? There's an app for that

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 1:28 PM

The Secretary of State's office announced today the launch of a new mobile application that helps Arkansas voters verify their voter registration information, find out where and how to register and find their nearest polling location. It will be available on all smartphone operating platforms including iPhone, Android, Windows, etc. If you don't have a smartphone, you can access the application here. Press release on the jump.
Secretary Daniels Announces New Mobile Application for Arkansans to Verify Voter Registration Information

Voter View Mobile is the first of its kind in the nation

LITTLE ROCK, AR—Secretary of State Charlie Daniels today announced the launch of a new mobile application that will allow Arkansas residents to verify their voter registration information with the convenience of a smartphone.

The new Voter View Mobile application, the first of its kind in the country, is accessible from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s mobile website at the following link: www.sos.ar.gov/m. The application is available on all smartphone operating platforms, including iPhone, Blackberry, Google Android, Windows Mobile, and Palm.

To use this service, Arkansans need only enter their name and date of birth to view their registration status and listed address. If they are registered to vote, district and polling place information for their listed address will appear. Users will be able to immediately call their county clerk from the number provided if any changes to their voter registration information are needed, or to instantly map the nearest early voting polling location, for example.

“I am proud to offer this exciting new voter service to Arkansans,” Secretary Daniels said. “I think most people would be glad to find out sooner rather than later if they are not on the voter rolls or if their address is not up-to-date. I encourage all Arkansans to make use of this new tool before the upcoming voter registration deadline on April 19.”

The Secretary of State’s office maintains the Network of Voters in Arkansas (NOVA), which is a centralized database of all the state’s registered voters. NOVA provided the resources needed for Secretary Daniels to launch the Voter View search engine in October 2006. The new mobile version of Voter View was created by the Information Network of Arkansas, which is a collaborative effort between the state of Arkansas and Arkansas Information Consortium that helps state government entities web-enable their information services.

Registered voters who find incorrect or outdated names or addresses should contact their county clerk’s office. Arkansans who find they are not registered to vote will be provided information on where to go to register in person. The deadline to apply to register to vote in Arkansas’s May 18 Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial Election is Monday, April 19.

Voter registration applications may be completed in person at state revenue and county clerks’ offices, public libraries, and public assistance agencies, or they may be submitted by mail to county clerks’ offices or to the Secretary of State’s office. A copy of the application is also available on the Secretary of State’s one-stop website for voting and election information: www.VoteNaturally.org.

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