VoterHub app a one-stop shop for election info
- By Greg Crowe
- Oct 12, 2012
Voting is important. It’s one of the few things in this country that can be seen as both a right and a duty of every citizen. And of course, an informed voter is crucial to a thriving democracy.
That’s why I was pleased to see municipal election officials contribute to an AT&T-led effort called VoterHub, a non-partisan clearinghouse of essential voter information.
Once the mobile app has your ZIP code, it will offer links to registration, lists of candidates, descriptions of ballot questions and any news that might have happened that is pertinent to your district. It really is a triumph of information dissemination, both on the part of national groups like Rock the Vote, but especially of the state election websites where most of the information is drawn. VoterHub wouldn’t be nearly as useful if the state and local election boards hadn’t made it so much easier to find information on their respective websites.
The apps was put together by AT&T, the Pew Center on the States, and Politics-360. Data comes from the Voting Information Project, a collaborative effort of state and local elections officials, the Pew Center, Google, AT&T and Microsoft.
VoterHub is currently available on Android and Windows devices through their respective app stores, and will soon be available in the Apple store. For now though, you can get an idea of how it will work by taking your Web browser (via a mobile or desktop computer) to the VoterHub website.
With luck, VoterHub will encourage more people to vote, and enable them to do so with as much information as possible.
Greg Crowe is a staff writer covering mobile technology for GCN. Follow him on Twitter: @GCNLabGuys.