VIP developed its own standard format, the VIP Specification, which makes data interoperable across platforms and applications, and ultimately more easily disseminated to voters. The VIP 5.0 provides greater structure to the data and makes some elements required that have previously been optional.
A short messaging service (SMS) tool provides voters with election information via text message. By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to a designated short code, voters can find polling places, contact information for local election officials, and registration URLs. The app is available in multiple languages.
The Voting Information Tool is an easily embeddable, mobile-optimized, and white-label voting information tool that offers official voting information–such as polling place and ballot information–to anyone using just a residential address. The tool can be easily embedded on any website and supports multiple languages.
ElectionDesk is a free resource that state and local election officials can use to monitor issues as they arise and interact with voters via multiple social media platforms at once. The dashboard has direct feeds to Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, aggregating all of the major social media platforms in one place. ElectionDesk allows you to respond directly to voters quickly and without multiple applications.
VIP teamed up with Google to create an open-source polling place lookup tool that integrates Google Maps and VIP data feeds to help voters find their polling place. Voters can input their home address and see a map of their polling place. The tool uses data from government officials and Google Maps to produce the most accurate and official results. Click for instructions on how to install the tool on your site.