Just in time for tomorrow’s election, Internet titans such as Facebook, Reddit, Bing, Meetup, and others have teamed up with The Pew Charitable Trusts Voting Information Project to upgrade Google’s helpful polling-location tool. The new Gettothepolls.com helps voters find the nearest voting station and provides detailed information about their individual ballot.
“Our partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project provides voters with the resources they need to have their voices heard,” said Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of The Internet Association, in a press release about the partnership between these Internet groups.
Gettothepolls.com utilizes Google’s Civic Information application programming interface (API), designed for engineers to develop tools on top of Google products to advance democracy.
Voting in midterms is especially important, since voter turnout is historically low. In 2010, only 37 percent of the American electorate engaged in their civic duty. Since 1948, midterm turnout is consistently at least 10 percent lower than presidential elections.
So feel good about yourself tomorrow. Go here to find your polling place and vote.
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