Voto Latino Launches Android Version of Voter Registration AppMaria Teresa Kumar
(NBC) – Voto Latino is making it even easier for people to register to vote. The VoterPal voter registration app will now be available for Android smartphones.
At SXSW in March Voto Latino president Maria Teresa Kumar introduced the VoterPal app — which was exclusively for iPhones at the time — to streamline the voter registration process for people with access to a smart phone.
“Whether at a cookout, at school, or at a concert, VoterPal is a tool to facilitate registering your family and friends to vote because it’s no longer enough to just register yourselves,” said Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino. “The stakes are too high – and everyone in the community is feeling it. This app gives every single person the power to be mobilize locally short of jumping on a campaign.”
Now, more than ever, the digital divide for all Hispanics is narrowing. Since 2009, Latinos with internet access grew from 64 to 84 percent by 2015, according to a Pew Hispanic report. For Millennials and Gen Z Latinos, the digital divide is much less than their parents; about 94 percent of them have access to the internet through a smart phone.
“As a supporter of Voto Latino for years, I see VoterPal as the latest testament of its continued commitment of empowering young American Latinos to be agents of change.” said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist in a news release. “VoterPal makes civic engagement accessible to everyone by giving them the tools they need to register voters from the palm of their hand. I commend Voto Latino and its continued efforts to revolutionize voter registration and for being at the forefront of innovation.”
In February the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and mitú and launched their “Latinos Vote” voter registration app geared toward Latinos. Their five-step voter registration process is available on Android and iOS phones, as well as online.