Election 2016

You Can Now Register to Vote With a Text Message

By MAGGIE MALLON | September 22, 2016 | SOURCE: Glamour.com | PHOTO: Getty Images

Here's some math for you: We're less than 23 days away from the 2016 election. Thirty-three percent of the country's eligible voters are not registered to vote. Americans spend approximately 23 hours a week online and/or texting. So, what do you do when a critical election is drawing closer, but a third of the eligible—and highly mobile-connected—voter population remains unregistered? You create a tool that allows them to register directly from the comfort of their phone.

That's the idea behind HelloVote, a new, non-profit tool that makes voter registration as effortless as possible. Simply log onto hello.vote to get started via text or Facebook messenger, or, if you want to begin the process directly, send a message to the texting shortcut at 384387. Once contact is initiated with the HelloVote messenger bot, you'll be asked a series of questions that correlate with the voter registration in your home state. How does HelloVote know what questions to ask? Co-founders Tiffiniy Cheng and Elana Berkowitz spent years conducting research and developing a product that incorporates all 50 states—and all 50 voter registration forms.

Once you enter information about your current home address, HelloVote will then continue your application process as it complies with your state's form (for instance, if you're a resident of a state that requires the last four digits of your social security number when you register, it will ask for them; if not, it won't). Once the HelloVote bot has guided you through the registration form and you've answered all the necessary questions, the whole application process is complete and you're registered to vote. Even better? It takes only about a minute to do so. And since this data is all highly personal (and highly sensitive) HelloVote was developed to keep that information encrypted.

Read the full article here & be sure to register!