VENTURA, Calif. – Ventura County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, Mark Lunn, has launched a texting program to encourage civic engagement.
Lunn stated, “We continue to see a rise in the use of smartphones, so what better way to encourage civic engagement than reaching people through their smartphones.”
Users can register to vote or confirm voter information through text messaging by texting “Ventura County” to “2VOTE” (28683) to link to the Elections Division’s webpage.
Lunn launched the texting program in conjunction with the High School Voter Education Weeks program, which will take place from April 16th to 27th. The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks. This provides an opportunity for high schools and their students to partner with county elections officials to promote civic education and participation on campus, and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens.
“Sixteen and 17-year olds are eligible to pre-register to vote, so the texting program offers a great opportunity to encourage younger people's engagement in the election process,” said Lunn.
In addition to registering to vote, users can also find their polling place, view their elected officials, and get election results using the program.
The texting program is available now. Message and data rates may apply.
For additional information about the texting program, call the Elections Division at (805) 654-2664.