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"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," wrote Dan Berlin, public sector engineering manager of Google in the company's official blog.
This feature, which is meant to provide for voting information to its users, is powered by the Google Election Center, an experimental service that lets election officials provide data directly to Google to help create a set of search tools.
Google Election Center helps users provide up-to-date election information to voters and create custom search tools for their website.
Anyone with a website can also provide this same functionality by embedding the open source election center gadget on the site, or using the gadget code to build their own.
"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," said Berlin.
Google had a peek into the search data to see what they could find about the kind of info that people are looking for as they get ready to go to the ballot box next Tuesday, wrote Emily Wood, blog editor in the company's official blog.
"We used a combination of insights for search and internal tools to dig up this data, and all searches studied are anonymous," said Wood.
Also, as for election news, users will find a special Google News section with stories for each state, so one can easily catch up on the headlines.
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