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CityXones finds your early voting place wherever you are in Cook County

CityXones, LLC, a software company that provides hyperlocal and community information has launched an easy online early voting product. It uses your real-time location, anywhere in Cook County, to let you immediately find a polling place or official ballot drop-off location near you at any time. Now, you don't need to plan to vote early. You can vote whenever it is convenient for you by simply using the CityXones tool on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

CityXones brings together the most trusted local and community news, information and data into a format that is easy for users to incorporate into their daily lives. CityXones has previously partnered with Crain's Chicago Business and The Hyde Park Herald on several local journalism projects, and with an events company for an interactive community experience. This is the first purely technology driven local product for the company. "There is a lot of information out there, but it can be time-consuming and unrealistic for the average person to find it, synthesize it and use it effectively in their daily lives," says Marisa Bryce the Co-Founder and new CEO of CityXones. "The goal is to get local users the information they need, when they need it and in a way they can immediately use it. Voting is fundamental to our communities. Voting early should be made as easy as possible."

The Knight Foundation notes 100MM Americans still don't vote. There are many reasons why. Some include apathy, disillusionment or lack of a connection to any of the candidates. Another reason? It isn't convenient.

According to the Pew Research Center, only about 50% of registered voters expect that voting in the November 2020 election will be easy. The coronavirus, concerns about mail-in voting and the anticipated strong voter turnout are expected to make this election season more chaotic and, likely less convenient, than usual.

Lack of convenience isn't new. Juggling schedules can affect everyone including professionals, parents, essential workers or students. For example, as reported by Vox, only about 46% of those between 18-29 vote. A contributing factor includes conflicting or unstable school or work schedules.


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