The Crockford Files: Election Information – November 2012

The Crockford Files: Election Information – November 2012
Photo by Symo0 via Flickr Creative Commons

By John Crockford

Statewide information about the general election, including election results, can be found at

For county information, here are the links to election information for the local area.

Fresno County:

Kings County:

Madera County:

Mariposa County:

Merced County:

Tulare County:

If you vote by mail, some of the county election Web sites provide information about the status of your mail-in ballot.

Booklets and Fliers

PdfBooklet ( is a free software program that can help organizations and individuals produce booklets and fliers from existing PDF files. It is available for Windows and Linux computers.

Pdfcreator ( can create PDF files from nearly every application and is free for companies and private users.

Secure, Encrypted Text Messaging

Wickr ( is a free iPhone app (Android coming soon) that provides the following:

  • Military-grade encryption of text, picture, audio and video messages
  • Sender-based control over who can read messages, where and for how long
  • Best available privacy, anonymity and anti-forensic features
  • Security that is simple to use

Award-Winning Software

A PCWorld Online article, “10 Award-Winning Open Source Apps to Try Today” (, contains some good information about “free alternatives to just about any expensive commercial package you might care to name.”


John Crockford, a self-described “geek with Luddite sympathies,” is an independent Web site designer and consultant. Contact him at


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