The Secretary of State’s office will make the application available to all state agencies and the Indiana General Assembly

Indianapolis, January 11, 2010– Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita announced today that his office launched an upgraded version of Indiana’s online legislator search application. Hoosiers can now use the application to more easily search for and contact their elected officials at the state and federal levels through geographic information system technology. The application is available on the Secretary of State’s web site, as well as other state of Indiana sites.

“My office continually looks for ways that we can use technology to make government more accessible,” Secretary Rokita said. “Over the past few years, we have been able to harness geographic information system technology for economic development, natural resources and disaster recovery. We were able to use that same technology to empower voters and taxpayers to easily connect with their elected representatives.”

The upgrade to the online legislator search application provides a more intuitive user interface and more accurate search results. Hoosiers can either enter their address or point and click on a map of the state to search for their elected officials. Previously, search results were based on zip code. The upgrade provides search results based on a specific address or a pinpoint location on the map. This eliminates the confusion of finding a legislator when more than one legislator in the same chamber serves the same zip code.

The upgrade provides search results that include all state and federal elected officials, including contact information for each legislator. The previous version produced results for one chamber at a time and required users to open a new window for contact information. The upgrade provides Hoosiers with a more easily accessible way to contact their elected officials.

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The new application will be available to all state agencies and the Indiana General Assembly at no cost. The application was developed by 39 Degrees North, based in Bloomington, Indiana. The application is available HERE.