The Pew Center on the States launched the Voting Information Project (VIP) initiative in 2008 to become the 21st century transmission line between election offices and voters. VIP answers voters’ most common questions -- things like “where do I vote?”, “who is on my ballot?”, and “how do I navigate the voting process?” The project makes official information available in places where voters are looking for it, whether online or on their mobile devices.

Now, in this hot-button election year, Microsoft has partnered with Pew to host a VIP Hackathon and invites you to roll up your sleeves to help make a difference. On April 30, 2012, join Pew, Microsoft, the Sunlight Foundation, and many others to unleash the potential of this amazing and timely collection of civic data.

What tools do you need to be a better citizen? What app would get your friends out to the voting booth? What data would benefit your local board of elections? Come mash, hack, and mind meld with other civic hackers and problem-solve these and other exciting questions.

For more information on the Voting Information Project, head here . Itching to get started? Register now!

-Nandita