Election News: Doodle Reminders, Google Maps Polling Place Finder And Other Ways Google Contributed To The U.S. Elections
It's V-Day for the United States of America and the whole world is watching. The American people have cast their ballots and now the counting begins.
Everyone is on the edge of their seats waiting for the results as to who will succeed soon-to-be former President Barack Obama.
Americans have piled up in polling places all over the country and have chosen between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
On one side is someone who rose from being the First Lady to a senator and to possibly becoming the first female president of the United States. On the other is a well-known businessman-turned-politician who has been controversial to say the least but surprisingly drew support from the populace.
Prior to today, surveys showed the two politicians were neck and neck in the race for being the next head of state.
It is safe to say that a lot of voters had a hard time choosing between Clinton and Trump who both has been the subject of controversies.
Fortunately, technology and the internet made it easier for people to know more about the candidates.
While Google did not directly tell the voters who to vote for between the two, it at least reminded one that his or her vote matters. CNet reported that the American population is not just choosing a new leader today but will also be deciding on 165 propositions covering 35 states as well as an estimated 205 million Americans.
The company also reminded everyone to go out and vote through a series of animated Google Doodles.
Google also helped voters know where to go. Google Maps directed voters to the precise polling place by simply typing "Where do I vote in the 2016 United States election #Everyonein2016" in the search bar.
Now that the election is over and done with, Google will still be on hand to help everyone know what is happening. It will integrate results and will have an electoral vote tracker. Google will also show results on the race for congressional, gubernatorial and senatorial seats, as well as for the state-level referenda and ballot propositions.
Google was embroiled in a bit of controversy related to the U.S. elections. Accusations were thrown at the company that it can influence public opinion regarding the candidates.
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