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Election offices unaware of mobile registration site

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Monday is the last day to register to vote Indiana.

There are several ways to register at the last minute, including online and on your mobile phone.

But it turns out, local counties weren't made aware of the mobile website.

It's a busy time at the Vanderburgh County election office. Phones rang early and often.

The staff got questions about where to vote, how to change their address and how to register last minute.

For many, the easiest way is the Indiana Voters website.

But what election officials weren't telling potential voters was that there is a separate website for their mobile phones.

While nearly every website can be accessed using a smart phone, not all of them are designed specifically for mobile devices, as the registration website now is.

Clerks in Vanderburgh, Warrick and Posey weren't made aware of the site.

The Gibson county clerk said she had heard something about it but didn't know it was available.

The Indiana Secretary of State's office sent a press release to media but didn't send it to county offices.

"It may have been an oversight on our part," the Indiana Secretary of State's Communications Director, Jim Gavin told our report. "We don't, as a routine, send all of our press releases to local county officials."

Gavin says the chief of staff did speak about it at the southern district clerks conference in mid-September.

Gavin says they will consider sending more news releases to county officials in the future.

You can still register online until 12:00 a.m. CST.

To see the site on your phone, just type www.in.gov/SOS into your phone's browser.

This is also the last day to register in Kentucky.

Illinois residents have until Tuesday.

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