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Indiana’s portal gains national recognition

 

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has announced national recognition for the voter education portal “Who Are Your Elected Officials?” The one-of-a-kind tool is being showcased at an IT conference in San Diego by its developer, 39°north. Hoosiers can find out who is representing them from the federal government down to the township level.

Other states may soon benefit from the expertise offered by 39°north and its “Who Are Your Elected Officials” application found on the Secretary of State’s website. The Bloomington-based company was built from the ground up by Chris Walls and Perm Radhakrishnan who will make a presentation on its products at an international software developers’ conference in California this week.

The “Who Are Your Elected Officials” website allows Hoosier voters to enter their home address and view a map with their elected officials. Federal, state, county, municipal, township, and school board officials are all readily available, and the website includes contact information such as each official’s website, phone number, or email.

“The partnership between the Secretary of State’s office and 39°north has allowed Indiana to provide the resources necessary for an informed electorate,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “I’m particularly proud because this phenomenal tool was built from concept to completion in Indiana. This gives local elected leaders such confidence in the quality and integrity of the service Chris and his team provide. Hoosier voters can access contact information for over 12,000 elected officials at all levels of government, and the results are customized to each voter’s address. My office is proud to be associated with 39°north, and I’m confident our partnership will serve as a model for other states looking to provide this valuable service to their citizens.”

Representatives from 39°north are attending the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego this week. The annual conference brings together technology companies in the worldwide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) industry. 39°north will make a presentation on the ‘Who Are Your Elected Officials’ website at the conference, which attracts around 15,000 attendees each year.

“We are proud that the Secretary of State has chosen to work with an Indiana-based company on this important project, and we hope that this comprehensive government-services application will attract the kind of national and international attention we have been lucky enough to receive at conferences like the one here in San Diego,” said Chris Wallace, managing partner of 39°north. “Now, with a few simple clicks, Hoosiers will be able identify and contact any of their elected officials, from their local school boards to the U.S. Senate and President.”

The “Who Are Your Elected Officials” website may be accessed on the Election Division homepage of Secretary of State’s website at http://www.in.gov/ sos/elections/index.htm.