Twitter's Election Day 2012 event page is live

The social network launches its one-stop shop for up-to-date information on the presidential election, state races, and ballot propositions.

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There's no shortage of places to catch up on the latest Election Day coverage, but Twitter is aiming to make it easier for political junkies to get news by creating a one-stop shop Election 2012 event page.

Curated by Twitter, the page is loaded with tweets from the presidential candidates, political parties, and news sources such as the Electoral College, CNN, and the Washington Post.

"It highlights tweets from candidates and their staffers, media, and other key players so you can hear directly from those close to the action," Rachael Horwitz, Twitter's senior manager of communications, wrote in a blog post today.

In addition to these select people and pages, tweets that have the hash tag #election2012 also appear on the site's event page. The page went live this morning and is already chock-full of tweets about various candidates and propositions, voting guides, and user opinions.

If this page becomes too hectic and users want to learn more about what is happening closer to home, it could be helpful to search for more specific hash tags. According to the Washington Post, searching for a state by using its abbreviation works well in honing in on local election results and propositions.

This isn't the first time that Twitter has created a special page centered on this year's presidential election. In October, the social network launched a dedicated presidential debate page where political fans and first-time debate watchers could get the latest punditry and reaction to the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney face-offs.

Facebook is also harnessing the power of its social network for Election Day by sending out messages to people's smartphones and creating a real-time map that shows its users' voting activity. Also, just as it did for the presidential election in 2008 and the midterm elections in 2010, the social network will remind people that it's Election Day by letting users click an "I Voted" message for all their friends to see.

In addition to the social networks, there are a whole host of apps where voters can learn about what's going on at the polls. Check out CNET's list of our favorite free apps for Election Day 2012.