Well, tomorrow's the big day, election day!
Of course, it's our sixth election this year. So, on the seventh, I'm guessing we can rest.
This is a time we try to promote a feature that I wish would go national. I think it's a great service and I've wished for years something like this would be featured in USA Today or on Google.
Both of these organizations have short codes, which are short phone numbers for text messages.
My little dream in 2007 was that voters would text "VOTE" to a short code and get a response back with their polling place location.
I peddled this idea to anyone who would listen and learned in the process that short codes were very expensive.
We found Kansas City company Textcaster, whom we already used for text messaging updates, owned a short code, 74574. They were excited about creating this concept, but "VOTE" was taken. One of their customers is Sonic Drive-In and if we shared this short code, they owned "VOTE."
So, we went to KSVOTE, as well as VOTEKS, and developed the service ourselves. By ourselves, I really mean a very smart employee at the Election Office, in conjunction with Textcaster.
In 2008, we rolled it out, mostly to yawns of, "What's a short code?"
In 2010, it gained some momentum, and I think it's time is arriving in 2012.
What a great resource for voters if it were mainstream! And, I'd enjoy a misty moment being able to say, "It was my idea."
For now, though, I'm hoping this catches some Johnson County voters and they find the tool helpful.