Charleston, W.Va. – Cell phone users worldwide are expected to send more than 8 trillion text messages in 2012, and some of those will be coming from West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant’s Office.
Starting today, citizens can sign up to receive text message alerts from the Secretary of State’s Office. Three categories: Elections, Business and Licensing, and Administrative Law are available. To sign up, all a citizen has to do is enter their ten digit mobile phone number and their cellular carrier.
“This is another way people are communicating these days,” Secretary Tennant said. “We are going to be able to directly contact people with the information they want. It’s a great way to stay connected. And the information they receive via text message is going to be short and to the point. People are busy and this will help them stay informed without asking them to log on to a website or read a lengthy email.”
Text alerts will be sent out whenever important information or updates make it necessary. The service is free and mobile phone numbers will remain confidential.
“We aren’t going to bombard people with information. But what we will do is make sure they know what is going on here at the State Capitol. This will help the Secretary of State’s Office become even more transparent.”
The Secretary of State’s Office is the leading state agency when it comes to transparency in state government. Through the use of live webcasting and social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, citizens can easily find out more about their government and see what is happening at the State Capitol.