D.C. Board of Elections debuts new voting technology ahead of primaries

Ahead of the D.C. primary elections next month, local officials are utilizing two apps to help voters check their registration status and update information.

D.C. Board of Elections Director Michael Bennet announced Thursday a new partnership with Nextdoor, a private social media platform for neighbors. Officials will use the platform to keep voters informed about initiatives on the ballot and notify residents about their eligibility to vote before the primaries, which will take place June 19, according to the release.

Nextdoor has previously partnered with counties in California, but the site has never been used on the East Coast, the DCBOE release states.

“We believe that given our role as the nation’s capital and given our local contests each election cycle, a platform like Nextdoor is ideal for communicating with District voters and residents,” the release states.

D.C. voters also have access to the “Vote for DC” app, which can be used to alter registration information or a voter’s party affiliation and find the location of a polling place, WTOP reported Monday. The app operates along with the “Vote 4 DC” website, which also helps D.C. voters find registration tools and information.

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the primaries.

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