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Where's Your Polling Location? On IOS 6, There's Now An App To Help You Find Out

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, October 30 2012

Votizen, the San Francisco social voting startup, launched a new feature for the iPhone's new operating system Tuesday that provides registered voters with polling information location, as well as information about their own voting histories.

The new feature appears as a "voter ID card" in IOS 6's virtual wallet called Passbook. iPhone owners who've installed IOS 6 will have a "card" that shows their party affiliation, voting history and polling location. Amusingly, for the directionally-challenged, it even uses the phone's geolocation service to alert iPhone users when they're near their polling place.

Jason Putorti, Votizen's co-founder, said that he thinks that in addition to being a conversation starter, the app could help boost turnout in primaries or down ballot elections, which are lower profile than presidential races. The system has been set up to notify those who've claimed their voter ID cards that they should vote in those races.

"A lot of people don't know where their polling place is, and they have to scramble -- now it's something that they have with them all the time, and they know where they can go vote," he said. "And frankly, I think it's just interesting to be able to claim that voter history. It's public data that's out there. A lot of people don't know what that data looks like."

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