People in that age group "are the least engaged, yet they have cell phones attached to their hips," Winfrey said. "So why not allow them to use their cell phones to apply to vote" by absentee ballot?
Johnson said the digital application process brings together two trends: increasing use of smartphones and a growing number of voters who cast their votes by absentee ballot. Johnson said the percentage of
Built-in safeguards make applying digitally for absentee ballots substantially similar to applying by mail or in person at municipal offices, Winfrey said.
Applicants must be registered voters. In the applications, they have to provide their name and address and, through touch screens, their signatures. Elections workers verify the information and make sure signatures match those already on file, she said.
"It's very much like those that are hand delivered or faxed," Winfrey said. If signatures don't match, applicants will be mailed a letter telling them as much.
As a nonpartisan clerk, Winfrey said she had no issue with announcing the effort in partnership with the
"What matters is that voters have the information available on their smart phones," Winfrey said.
The absentee ballot application was to be available Thursday within the city's existing smartphone app, available by searching "Vote for
A spokeswoman for
The primary election is
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