Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2014

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi Launches First-of-Its Kind Voter App

Free download a first for any County in eastern states, second in entire U.S.

Union County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is pleased to announce the launch of Union County Votes, a free new mobile app designed to help Union County residents connect quickly and easily with accurate information about voting and elections.

Of the more than 3,000 counties in the U.S., Union County is one of only two that offer mobile voter information. Sonoma County in California has introduced a similar service.

Union County Votes leverages the mobile communications platform of the 21st century to engage more citizens in the democratic process, to exercise their right to vote and to run for public office,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “Our goal is for every resident to have Union County Votes on their cell phone or tablet.”

The Union County Votes app enables voters to find their polling place, request voter registration forms and vote-by-mail ballots, view sample ballots, follow unofficial election results in real time, and much more.

The app also provides information for persons interested in becoming a poll worker or running for office, including election filing dates and district maps.

“Once we had the mobile platform set up, we knew that it could provide a wide range of useful services spanning the entire elections process,” said Rajoppi. “If you are a voter, a candidate for office, or if you simply enjoy following election returns after the polls close, I encourage you to download Union County Votes.”

Union County Votes also enables users to receive automatic notifications in case of unplanned changes to the election schedule, including changes in polling places.

“The mobile app is a powerful tool for keeping the elections process running smoothly during emergencies or other unforeseen events,” said Rajoppi. “Hurricane Sandy demonstrated just how important it is to ensure that each voter can receive up-to-date information quickly and accurately.”

Out of county residents will also benefit by having access to their County Clerks’ and Boards of Election contact information through the app.

Along with 15 distinct functions, Union County Votes features easy-to-customize tabs that enable each user to flag their favorites for quick access. A version in Spanish is available, and countdowns to Election Day and poll closing time are also featured.

The searchable features of Union County Votes do not capture user information, ensuring privacy.

List of Features of the Union County Votes App

  1. Am I Registered?
  2. Register to Vote
  3. Request a Vote By Mail Ballot Application
  4. Important Dates
  5. Where do I vote? View Your Sample Ballot
  6. How to Vote
  7. Campaign Finance
  8. District Maps
  9. Apply to Work at a Polling Place
  10. Election Results
  11. Accessibility Information
  12. Obtain a Candidate’s Petition
  13. Military and Federal Overseas Voter
  14. 14.  Contact Us
  15. Find your County

Union County Votes is available now for free download at both the Apple and Android app stores, or by QR code. A free QR reader is also available in your App Store.

For more information about Union County Votes including a downloadable Fact Sheet with QR codes, and for all other services of the Union County Clerk, visit ucnj.org/ctyclerk or call 908-527-4787.

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