Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has been honored with the 2018 iGO Innovator Award by the International Association of Government Officials, a professional organization that seeks to improve public services by providing training and leadership development for county recorders, election officials, treasurers, and clerks.
The award recognizes the Union County Votes mobile app, launched by Ms. Rajoppi in 2014, as an innovative technology to assist voters.
“Recognition by one’s peers on an international level is an honor, and it has been especially gratifying to see voters in Union County respond to the app,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “I hope that our experience encourages other jurisdictions to put election information in mobile form, where the public can access it quickly and use it effectively.”
The Union County Votes app is a free download for mobile iPhone and Android devices. It was introduced by Ms. Rajoppi in fall 2014 to provide voters and election-watchers with access to information. The app is regularly upgraded and now has more than 20 functions, including push notifications for alerts.
“One of our most important new functions is designed to encourage seventeen-year-olds to begin the process of registering to vote,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “Once they follow the required steps, they will be automatically registered to vote on their 18th birthday.”
New Jersey State Law allows a person who will be 18 on or before Election Day to register to vote before their 18th birthday.
Ms. Rajoppi also recently established the unioncountyvotes.com website for all elections information. The new website is designed to be compatible with the app, enabling users to transition easily from mobile devices to desktops or laptops.
For all Union County Clerk programs and services visit online at ucnj.org.county-clerk or call 908-527-4787.
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