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Gazette Premium Content County creates mobile app to track election results

BOB STEPHENS Updated: October 25, 2012 at 12:00 am

A mobile app to track local and national election results was introduced by El Paso County officials Thursday.

Imad Karaki, director of the county’s support services division, said results should be accessible “within seconds” of their release by the county clerk and recorder’s office on election day.

El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams endorsed the innovation and said first results of local political races and ballot issues should be released at 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 6.

“If you showed up to vote just before 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 and happen to be in line to vote at 7:05, I suggest turning off all your communication devices,” Williams said.

To download the app, go to www.elpasocountyelection.com, Tap the icon in the upper left corner of the screen, which will unveil a menu on the left side. Touch “elections” to see a long list of races and ballot issues. To move selected items to the top of the list, touch the star for that item on the far right.

“It’s very intuitive, very effective and very easy to use,” Karaki said. “It’s designed for all devices, so most everyone can access through their iPad, iPhone, Android or tablet.”

He said the app will work best if operating systems are up-to-date.

Karaki said the app will not link to the county’s website for security purposes.

Links to the election app and an instructional video on it are near the top of the county’s website at www.elpasocounty.com.

“We expect usage to be high, and we’re prepared for that,” Karaki said. “We want it to be a good experience for everyone. We think it’s a great addition.”

Contact Bob Stephens: 636-0276 Twitter @bobgstephens

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