Don't know your polling place? Want to track your vote-by-mail ballot? How about election night results?
The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters office has developed a new free mobile app for the iPhone/iPad and Android platforms to help voters access a variety of easy-to-use features on the office's website, at www.sccvote.org.
"Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, we should have that information more easily accessible to the voters," said Registrar Barry Garner, whose office pushed right after the June 5 primary to make the app a reality for Election Day on Tuesday.
In addition to locating assigned polling places (with driving directions), the app offers a voter guide with information on measures and candidates; allows voters to view a sample of their ballot; helps them check if they're registered to vote and look up their districts and elected officials and includes contact information for voters with questions about elections and voting.
Garner said the app, created in-house by the county's information services department, has been downloaded by 1,205 people so far -- a miniscule number of the county's 817,837 registered voters. But over time, Garner said he expects the app will become more popular, and he's pleased with the reaction so far. "Everyone has loved it," he said.
Over in Santa Cruz County, County Clerk Gail Pellerin said her office has witnessed a surge of voters downloading that county's new voter app, at www.votescount.com, which was first tested during the June primary.
"It's just a convenience factor, and we want to give our voters what we think is a great tool," Pellerin said of the app, which now has five features, including online voter registration.
"As we use it and we see what it can do, we'll be adding and improving," said the clerk, who reminds voters that the app "is good for the environment as far as not producing extra paper."
For more information, call the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters at 408-299-8683.