The U.S. presidential election of 2016 will take place in November, and as the weeks have gone by and brought us closer to this important event, Google has worked on helping voters to take part in the political process with more ease. As readers might recall, last month Google released a Google Search tool that allowed citizens to gain more information in regards to registering to vote, and now Google has prepared another in-depth search result for citizens who may be looking for more information on how to vote.
Last month Google’s search engine was equipped with all the necessary information to make it easier for U.S. citizens to register to vote, and according to a fresh blog post, Google is now “taking this a step further” by introducing a brand new, state-by-state guide for people who may be looking for more information on how to vote come November. According to the blog post, “whether you’re a first-time voter, a resident in a new state, or your state laws have changed since the last time you voted”, you can rely on Google’s search engine to give you all the necessary information and prepare you for the big day in November. To access this information simply search for the terms “how to vote” and Google’s search engine will display in-depth search results regarding ID requirements, mail-in ballots, deadlines, and early voting. The search engine results are customized to display information state-by-state, so you won’t have to worry about filtering the information and narrowing down your search results for the state or region you live in.
In a recent blog post, Google also revealed a few more details regarding the search engine results for the “vote registration” terms introduced last month. According to the data, compared to four years ago, nationwide searches for “vote registration” have increased by 190%. The search engine giant published a map of the United States, illustrating how the number of Google searches for “vote registration” have increased or decreased in each state since the year 2012. The highest search engine spikes have been registered in California, New York, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts (shown in dark green), where the number of searches for “vote registration” has increased by more than 200%. In closing, Google hopes that these insights and features will inspire citizens to register and exercise their civic duty in November.