For Voters Who Need Help, Sites And Apps Aplenty

Publication: NPR

Author: Pam Fessler

11/02/2010 - Confused where to vote Tuesday? Don't know the rules? Not sure if you're even registered? There are loads of websites, Twitter feeds and mobile phone apps out there to help you.


Help isn't hard to get. Ask a very simple question—such as "Where do I vote in Virginia?"—on Google, or some other search engine, and a lot of useful  information comes up, says Doug Chapin, director of Election Initiatives with the Pew Center on the States.

It's part of something called the Voting Information Project, developed by Pew and Google. They also have a mobile phone app that provides similar information, plus photos of polling sites. 

"Giving people a convenient source of official information should reduce the number of problems at the polls—misdirected voters, confused voters, that sort of thing," Chapin says.

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