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Google will help you with voting: from voting dates to nearest polling place

You can now ask Google, “How do I vote?” or “Where do I vote?” and it will give you everything you need in either English or Spanish.

Published onOctober 13, 2016

History proves that voting is important. It’s a precious right in a democracy, but its power is often underestimated. Some of us end up not voting for one reason or another, but for those who want to vote but don’t exactly have all the information, Google is here to help. Google knows that voting matters, and that’s why you can simply search “How do I vote?” or “Where do I vote?” and it will give you everything you need in either English or Spanish.

In less than a month, millions of Americans will be casting their vote for the next president, and this year’s election is going to be, well let’s just say, interesting. Four years ago, only about half of the population in the US showed up to vote; the figure was worse for the 2014 midterm elections, with only 42 percent of Americans voting. One of the factors affecting voter turnout is the complicated system. Google is well aware and wants to help all voters.

Let’s say you haven’t registered to vote yet. You can go right ahead and search or ask Google, “How do I register to vote?” Depending on your location, it’ll show what you need to do to register online, by mail, or in person. Voting requirements are different in every state, and it gets complicated, so that’s why Google also gives you everything you need regarding how and when to vote. Simply type in your question, and you will see what voting options you have, what kind of identification is required, and all the different types of state deadlines. It even has an option for absentee voters, so Americans abroad, you have no excuse!

Locating the nearest polling place is easy as well with Google. Not only will it tell you who’s on your state ballot, but it will also give you the location of the nearest polling booth and how to get there, so that you can vote for your candidate without any hassle.

2016 is going to be a monumental year for Americans, and voting is a civic duty and a privilege for everyone – so don’t forget to go out and vote come November!