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Voting Information Tools

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The Voting Information Project (VIP) offers cutting-edge apps and tools that give voters access to the information they need to cast a ballot on or before Election Day. Users and interested organizations can choose from several free products that provide polling place locations and ballot information for all elections for which states have provided their data, across a range of technology platforms:

About VIP Tools  

  • The mobile-optimized Voting Information Tool can be customized, branded, and embedded on a website by any interested government or organization.  It offers official polling place and ballot information, as well as contact information for local election officials. The tool is available in 17 languages. To embed it, please use this code:

    <script type="text/javascript" src="https://tool.votinginfoproject.org/app.js"></script> <div id="_vit"></div> <script type="text/javascript">vit.load({
    modal: true,
    title: 'Voting Information Tool',
    width: '640px', height: '480px',
    colors: { 'header': '#229acd', 'landscapeBackgroundHeader': '#228a9d' },
    language: 'en'
    });</script>
  • The website gettothepolls.com has a simple user interface, requiring only a home address. It provides polling place locations, ballot information, and contact information for local elected officials, plus a map and an option to get directions to your voting location.
  • A short messaging service (SMS) tool provides voters with election information via text message.   By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468-683), voters can find polling places, contact information for local election officials, and voter registration URLs, all in 17 languages.

How VIP works 

  • Election officials across the nation work with VIP to ensure that the information provided through the project is official and reliable.
  • Media and civic organizations and candidates can place VIP tools on their websites to inform the public and encourage participation.
  • Technology innovators can integrate VIP’s information into their platforms using the open-source Google Civic Information API.
  • Voters in every state and the District of Columbia can access VIP data for an upcoming election.  Voters can visit gettothepolls.com or access VIP information through a variety of websites they regularly use, including search engines, social media, government or media websites, and more. Voters get reliable, up-to-date answers to their voting questions by relying on VIP. In 2016, VIP saw 123 million hits, connecting voters across the country with crucial information about casting a ballot.