Are you registered to vote? Do you have a smartphone?
Did you answer ‘I don’t know’ to one of those questions? If so, there’s an app for that. Well, sort of. It’s not really an app, but with the fine line between websites and apps becoming more and more blurry, it might as well be.
Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels yesterday announced the launch of a new mobile site that will allow Arkansas residents to verify their voter registration information with the convenience of a smartphone.
The new Voter View Mobile site, according to a press release issued Monday, is the first of its kind in the country. The site is available on all smartphone operating platforms, including iPhone, Blackberry, Google Android, Windows Mobile, and Palm. In case you missed the link, the address is sos.ar.gov/m.
I tried it this morning and it’s super simple. In fact, I might even start suggesting it for use on a desktop computer, too, instead of sending people to the usual voterview.org.
Just enter your name and date of birth to view your registration status and listed address. If you’re registered to vote, your district and polling place information will appear. From there, you can instantly map the nearest early voting polling location.
“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.”
If you find that you’re not registered, there’s an easy process available to remedy that. After choosing your county, a list of places to register, complete with maps and phone numbers appears.
Again, the address is sos.ar.gov/m and you have until April 19 to register for the upcoming May 18 Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial Election.