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Google Assistant, Maps and Search can now assist you determine the place to vote – TechCrunch

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Election Day approaches! Nonetheless undecided the place the closest polling place or poll drop field is? Google needs to assist.

This morning the corporate rolled out a handful of options throughout Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Search, all meant to kick in when a consumer appears to be searching for info on voting areas.

On Google Search, for instance, a seek for “poll drop packing containers close to me” will now convey up a devoted software for locating simply that — punch within the deal with the place you’re registered to vote, and it’ll assist you discover a drop field or polling place accordingly. The identical software may also pop up while you seek for issues like “tips on how to discover polling place” or “the place to vote,” so there’s some flexibility in it.

Or if you happen to’ve obtained an Assistant-powered gadget close by (like a Nest Mini, Nest Hub or an Android cellphone), you possibly can say “Hey Google, the place do I vote?” and Assistant ought to have the ability to determine it out accordingly based mostly in your present location (with Assistant assuming, because it’ll be aware in its response, that your present location is the place you’re registered to vote).

The Maps integration is a little more restricted, nevertheless it will get the job performed. Trying to find “the place do I vote” within the Google Maps cellular app ends in a immediate that can toss you into the above web-based Google Search move. When you’ve discovered your location, tapping the “Instructions” button will swing you again into the Maps app.

Google says it’s pulling its polling location info from the Voting Information Project as a part of a partnership with Democracy Works. The corporate says they’ll be including extra polling locations main up till Election Day, anticipating to have greater than 200,000 within the system when all is alleged and performed.

Don’t wish to get your polling place particulars from Google, or simply wish to double examine issues? There’s all the time websites like Vote.org (which, if you happen to’re curious, is what Siri recommends when prompted with the “The place do I vote?” query), which additionally supplies information on checking your voter registration standing, turning into a ballot employee, and so on.

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