Wednesday, October 01, 2014

State launches voter info app

By The Herald Staff | 8/1/2014

Trying to figure out who’s on the ballot this election day? There’s an app for that.

A new mobile voter application for smartphones now is available for Kansans who want to get election information on the go, Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, announced this week. The VoteKansas app is designed to connect voters with information needed to educate them before casting a ballot. The app is free and available for download on iPhones and other Apple devices.

Trying to figure out who’s on the ballot this election day? There’s an app for that.

A new mobile voter application for smartphones now is available for Kansans who want to get election information on the go, Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, announced this week. The VoteKansas app is designed to connect voters with information needed to educate them before casting a ballot. The app is free and available for download on iPhones and other Apple devices.

After an app user uploads his or her voter registration address, the program displays the offices and candidates appearing on the his or her ballot. Another feature finds the polling place address, shows it on a map, and gives directions from the user’s registered address. No personal identifying information is required to use the program.

Completing the app was a top goal for Kobach, he said. The incumbent secretary of state has come under fire during his re-election campaign from Republican opponent Scott Morgan, who said Kobach’s views on voting laws disenfranchise Kansans.

“Creating this app has been a high priority for me,” Koback said. “In Kansas, we make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat. This app will make it easier for voters to get the information they need.”

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