Lost for Tuesday’s Chicago Elections? Text!

March 18, 2012

Tuesday, March 20 is Election Day in Chicago. Do you know where you are supposed to vote?

Your fingers and phone can find out for you.

There’s a new way for Chicago voters to find their polling places; by sending a simplified version of a voter-registration address in a text.

Beautiful young lady text messaging on a cellphoneTo use the system, all Chicago voters have to do is text the simplest version of their Chicago real estate street address to 312-361-8846. The system will reply with a text message with the March 20 polling place for that address.

Just text the simplified street address — like 1000 Washington — and do not bother with any other information like a unit number or a zip code.

“This system will help voters with the No. 1 question we hear on Election Day: ‘Where is my polling place?’ ” said Chicago Election Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal.

“If enough people use this pilot system, we will look to grow its capacity for the Presidential Election, when voter turnouts tend to be much higher.”

In other words, use the system even if you do know where to vote. Just kidding.

“The best place for Chicago voters to find information is,” said Neal. “But this new text system helps those who have cell phones but no web access.

“It’s a bridge over the digital divide.”

Again, the number to text is 312-361-8846.

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