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New app unveiled to help N.H. voters

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CONCORD, N.H. -

Confused about what you need in order to vote in the Granite State?  Albert Scherr, a law professor at the University of New Hampshire is turning to technology to help.

"If you have an IPhone, you got to the ITunes app store and search the term NHCLU voter app," Scherr said.

The free app, made in partnership with the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, walks voters through issues like: how to register, what you need on voting day, any challenges there may be to your vote, and how to report an issue.  It provides a direct number to the Attorney General's Voting Hotline and even allows a voter to video and email any conflicts that may arise at the polls.  

Scherr created the app with help from a former student.  He demonstrated how it works on the steps of the state capital building in Concord-- the very place where a new voter ID requirement in New Hampshire became law.  "It's a change and voters don't know what they need, or what they don't need.  And two, there is going to be, just because it is a change, there is going to be a lot of difference and problems at the polls.  So it allows for that instant response in addition to education about something new," he said.

This election, anyone without an ID can sign an affidavit acknowledging they are a legitimate voter -- one of the points the app addresses.  Scherr says just knowing the rules could get more people to the polls.  "The more they understand before they go, what they need in order to vote and their understanding that they have something to help them solve problems when they are there, I think more people will vote," he said.

Especially, he said, the college vote -- tech-savvy students who often carry smart phones. "I think the younger population -- this is a very attractive thing and we have seen a lot of popularity at Dartmouth, at UNH," Scherr said.

Those behind the app say it will be downloaded 50-thousand times by the time election day rolls around -- a hotly contest that officials at the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office say could be a record turnout.  

The App is only available on I-Phones now.  But it's coming to  Android operating systems soon.

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