Don't forget your phone on Election Day -- you may need it

No, not for selfies but for research, which many of us are still doing when filling out the ballot.

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Ballot box selfies may be verboten in many states, but many voters will still put their phones to good use in the voting booth.

There's much at stake in this year's election. In addition to a tight race for the White House, there are 165 propositions on the ballot in 35 states, according to Google . How do you keep them all straight when casting your ballot?

With the same device you use to keep the rest of your life in order: your phone.

One out of five voters will conduct searches on ballot propositions on a phone while they're actually voting, according to consumer surveys conducted by Google. Think that's procrastinating a bit? Well, 75 percent of all ballot searches occur in the month leading up to the election, Google reported.

To help voters get out to vote, Google has launched a new embeddable tool that offers information about candidates and ballot propositions, in addition to helping you find your polling place. Facebook launched a similar initiative last week.

Use your phone wisely on Election Day and remember -- no selfies with your ballot if it's against the law in your state. Just ask Justin Timberlake.