Monday, November 1, 2010

Handy tools to help Americans vote


(Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)

As Americans gear up for the midterm elections on November 2, we wanted to share a few tools that make it easier to gather voting information.

When you search on Google for [polling place] or [where to vote], you’ll see a search box to help you find your polling place, candidates, and local election office. Just type in the home address where you’re registered to vote. The search looks like this:



This feature is powered by the Google Election Center, an experimental service that lets election officials provide data directly to Google in order to create a set of search tools. Anyone with a website can also provide this same functionality by embedding the open source Election Center gadget on your site, or use the gadget code or API to build your own.



And you don’t need to be at your computer to easily find this information. If you’d rather get it on your mobile device, we’ve also created a mobile landing page: m.google.com/elections.



As for election news, you’ll find a special Google News section with stories for each state so you can easily catch up on the latest headlines.


We hope all of these tools help you get and stay informed throughout the election season.

3 comments:

eM Ā aR said...

You really ought to have a QR Code with a link to the mobile page, to enable readers to access the page on their phones more quickly.

Rob said...

"you’ll find a special Google News section with stories for each state" Yeah, each state's stories all piled together in one feed; you can't pick your state and read just those.

Adam said...

This is really good material. Thanks to Google for making this available, as well as Google Docs, which are also useful on campaigns.