Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Google releases new Voter Information Tool, getting info about elections is the easiest ever

 Every 4 years there is a presidential election in the United States, and tons of people search the web for information on how to register to vote, where to vote and who are the candidates on the ballot.

Google is making an effort this year on making this information easier to find with the new Voter Information Tool. What you do is insert your address, and you'll get information on how to vote, where to vote, and more. You can even get social links to your candidates' social accounts. You also can look at voter rules, and requirements.

If you want some more technical information on the tool (sort of the point for being on Techman's World), then the tool is open source so developers can create custom versions of the tool. You can make up to 25,000 free requests to the API powering this tool every day, with the option to pay for additional requests. The API powering this is the Civic Information API for those who are wondering. The tool is easy to embed.

Google hopes to make your elections simpler and as easy as possible. Do you think this tool achieves this goal?