Election 2016

Google Just Made Voting a Little Easier

By EMMA GREY ELLIS | August 16, 2016 | SOURCE: WIRED | Photo: BILL CLARK/CQ ROLL CALL/GETTY IMAGES

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FOR MANY AMERICANS, the path to casting a vote is way rockier than it should be. Between (racist) new voter ID laws and government websites that haven’t been updated since the late Cretaceous, it hard to know how to register, where and when to vote, and what you need to bring. Heck, the rules were so confusing in New York during the primaries that even Ivanka Trump was unable to vote for her dad. That’s where Google’s newest search tool, which debuts this morning, comes in.

Next time you punch “how to vote” or “how to register” into Google’s search bar, all the tricky logistical details of your state’s specific electoral rigamarole will be spelled out in plain English. “The voting process is complicated and overwhelming,” says Emily Moxley, the project’s team lead and product manager. “Different websites have bits and pieces of the information people need, and it’s hard to tell if the information you’re looking at is up to date. So we collected everything into one location, in terminology that’s easy to grok.”

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