There's an app for that.
Sonoma County Elections, a free mobile application, debuted Tuesday in time to help voters participate in the
"Everything on our website is now at the palm of your hand," said
The app, available for downloading from the
- Check their voter registration status and register to vote.
- Find their polling place and look up voting districts.
- View their sample ballot and voter information pamphlet.
- Apply for and subsequently track a vote-by-mail ballot.
- Check campaign finance statements for county offices.
- Obtain current and past elections results.
The app will "provide timely information for voters on the go," said
An extension of the elections office's "going green" program, the app is expected to reduce the amount of information the county prints and mails to voters, Rousseau said.
More than 24,000 voters have opted to obtain their sample ballots and information pamphlets online, saving the county the cost of snail mail, he said.
The app also enables elections officials to send out "push notifications" advising voters of any election-related changes and notify them of registration deadlines.
Colter said the app is also intended "to engage the now generation who rely on their mobile devices for information."
To actually cast their votes, citizens must still deliver a mail-in ballot to the elections office or a polling place or fill out a paper ballot on
Colter traced the app back to Rousseau's introduction of the "going green" initiative, including online voter registration, to the
"Is there an app for that?" Supervisor
The county contracted with Purple Forge, an
Purple Forge election apps are in use by
"Everything we've done has been battle-tested" in Canadian elections, he said.
Mobile devices are more than a teen or millennial fixation, with 326.4 million wireless subscriber connections in the nation, according to
Craig said 2010 was the "crossover year" in which people began accessing the Internet more frequently on mobile devices than on personal computers.
The trend has steadily increased to the point that minutes per day on mobile apps nearly equal minutes watching television, Craig said.
Colter said she knew of two counties --
"It's getting to the point where everybody's got to go online," she said.
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