Google launches its latest attempt to inform U.S. voters

The company's new voter-information tool lets users see who is on their ballot before they vote next week. It also ties together other election-related Google services.

Google's Voter Information tool.
Google's Voter Information tool. Google

Google is aiming to get voters informed before they head to the ballot box next Tuesday.

The company yesterday announced that it has launched its new Voter Information Tool. Users can input their home address into the tool and find out where they need to vote. In addition, they'll be able to see all of the candidates running for a particular office.

Google's tool also includes links to candidates' social-media accounts and voting rules and requirements. It expands somewhat on a similar site it launched four years ago for U.S. voters.

The Voter Information Tool links together several preexisting services Google is offering for the 2012 elections. The company has a YouTube page dedicated to election coverage and an Insights page aimed at surveying users on their feelings towards candidates.

The Voter Information Tool is accessible on Google's special Elections page. The company is also allowing Web site owners to embed it into their own pages.

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