NY and NJ Can Now Text WHERE or NYCVOTES to 877877 to Get Updated Polling Locations


As numerous regions in New York and New Jersey begin to clean up after Hurricane Sandy, citizens of these two states face another problem: Where will they vote in Tuesday’s election?  With power still out at many polling place locations, election officials for both states worked around the clock to find alternative polling locations.  In New York City alone, the Board of Elections announced on Sunday changes to 66 polling sites in all five boroughs.

So how will voters, many who have been displaced and are still without access to power and internet find out their updated polling location?  Mobile Commons had the easy solution and partnered up with New Jersey, as well as the NYC Board of Elections and NYC Votes! to provide pro bono our Polling Place Locator mobile tool.

“The devastation caused by this storm doesn’t have to disrupt our democratic process, and the polling place locator will make it easier for New York City voters to find their polling places,” said Jed Alpert, CEO of Mobile Commons.

In New Jersey, Governor Christie announced in a press conference on Saturday that voters can text WHERE to 877877 to access their latest polling information.

In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg announced in a press conference on Sunday that voters can text NYCVOTES to 877877.

The Mobile Commons Polling Place Locator allows users to look up multiple poll sites.  Mobile Commons uses official elections information provided by the Voting Information Project and powered by Google for their Polling Place Locator that will help millions of Americans locate their polling place this election cycle. The Voting Information Project is a partnership between election officials, the Pew Center on the States, Google, Microsoft, and several other technology partners with the shared goal to bring official election information to voters wherever, whenever they need it.

“During this especially trying week, Tuesday’s election is only one among many pressing concerns,” said Art Chang, Chair of the Voter Assistance Advisory Committee.  “With many poll sites affected by the storm, it’s even more important that we help New Yorkers find their way to the polls to make their voices heard.  Thanks to this service, voters need only a cell phone to keep themselves informed.”

Check out a screenshot of the polling place locator below:

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