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Election Protection Launches Smartphone App
Dynamic new app will be crucial tool to educate and empower voters in 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 9, 2012 – Today, in an effort to meet the needs of voters in the digital age and to ensure they have resources and tools that will enable them to fully participate in our democracy, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials Education Fund (NALEO), New Organizing Institute (NOIEF) , Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation launched a dynamic smartphone application to educate and empower voters across the country. “Voter suppression legislation that has been debated and passed across the nation since the 2010 mid-terms threatens to heighten voter confusion this November,” said Lawyers’ Committee President & Executive Director Barbara Arnwine. “Election Protection’s Smartphone application is an innovative tool that will provide voters with all the information they need to vote and also empower them to assist others in their community.”
“With an electorate that is increasingly young, diverse, mobile, and technologically savvy, finding ways to leverage new technology to increase civic engagement and education is critical,” said Rock the Vote President Heather Smith. “We're excited to be partners in this effort to bring voting information directly into the hands of the people that need it most.”
“This app is an excellent use of technology, getting information in the hands of voters where they are and when they need it,” said Verified Voting President Pamela Smith.
Through the application voters will be able to:
◦ Verify their registration status
◦ Look up their polling place
◦ Verify the type of machine they will use
◦ Use the app to empower their friends and family
◦ Access a FAQ and key dates for their state
◦ Fill out a voter registration form
◦ Contact Election Protection
The Election Protection smartphone app will give eligible voters everything they need to know about voting in the palm of their hand. To access this free application visit http://app.866OurVote.org. The app will work on all major smartphones and be accessible through most mobile enabled web browsers. The Spanish version will launch by the end of August.
"The NALEO Educational Fund is concerned about efforts throughout the country to make registering to vote and voting difficult and inaccessible. A vibrant democracy requires full participation by its voters; many states, however, have taken steps to suppress and discourage voting. To overcome these new obstacles, we encourage Latinos and others to utilize this tool and become well informed about their rights as voters,” said NALEO Executive Director Arturo Vargas.
“We’ve made it a priority to provide citizens and organizers with the information they need to participate in our democracy,” said Judith Freeman, executive director at NOIEF. “This app provides all the data people will need to go to their polling place and cast a ballot this November.”
Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683, smartphone application and other resources, and dedicated team of legal experts and trained volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting, offering live assistance. The coalition has more than 100 partners – including the NAACP, National Bar Association, Native Vote, Asian-American Justice Center, National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials Education Fund (NALEO), New Organizing Institute, Rock the Vote, Verified Voting Foundation, National Education Association and the Brennan Center for Justice – at the national, state and local level and is providing voter protection services now through Election Day for all 50 states.
For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline and the Smartphone application, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.