TUCKER, Ga. (May 5, 2017) – With the Sixth District Congressional runoff now less than seven weeks away, the City of Tucker is launching a unique effort to let residents know who can and cannot vote in the special election.
Tucker Votes is an app designed to let residents enter their home address and, with the click of a mouse, find out which officials represent them. The information includes City Council, DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, State House and Senate, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives.
“We worked quickly to identify a clear problem,” explained City GIS Analyst and app designer Chris Rice. “With the special election vote last month, there were people calling and visiting City Hall asking why they couldn’t vote. It turns out many of them were in the Fourth District, not the Sixth.”
The City of Tucker is split between the two congressional districts, but a deluge of television and radio advertising, combined with the national attention being paid to the race, led many residents to question which district they were in. The new app aims to eliminate any confusion that could re-surface with the June 20 runoff.
“Tucker Votes is a really important resource for our residents,” said Mayor Frank Auman. “Not just for the purposes of federal elections, but especially to connect residents to their City and County representatives. If someone has an idea to improve the community, they can now enter their address, click a link and they have the contact information for all their local leaders right there in one place.”
Tucker Votes is the latest web application developed for residents of the City by the Tucker GIS Department.