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two chicago civic innovators have been chosen to serve as obama fellows in the inaugural class

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two chicago civic innovators have been chosen to serve as obama fellows in the inaugural class

more than a decade ago, while interning for a voting rights hotline, tiana epps-johnson expected to field calls about voter intimidation or deceptive practices at voting precincts. instead, she was flooded with more basic questions.“people were calling in asking things like: ‘how do i register? where do i go to vote?’” epps-johnson said. “that was striking, and it was surprising for me. (then i) learned how hard it was to find the answers to those questions for the people calling in.”that experience and others like it eventually led epps-johnson to start the center for technology and civic life, a technology firm that, among other things, creates digital tools to modernize the voting process.epps-johnson wants to make voting easier for residents but also develops tools so that local election officials can better manage the process by using data to predict which polling places will have lines and which sites need more workers.epps-johnson, 31, is one of 20 civic innovators selected as the first class of obama fellows, officials announced.two are from chicago. in addition to epps-johnson, dominique jordan turner, ceo of the college access program chicago scholars and a former chicago board of education member, was selected.turner’s program guides high school juniors from under-resourced backgrounds through college and beyond. currently, chicago scholars serves hundreds of students, but in past interviews turner has said her goal is to serve at least 1,000 a year.t...