Google Doodle Encourages US Citizens To Register And Vote

If you're in the U.S., chances are you've seen the Google Doodle prompting you to register to vote for the presidential elections on Nov. 8. If you haven't, then go to Google now, click on the Doodle, and follow the instructions.

The colorful animation flashes the text "Register to Vote" in several languages. Clicking on the Doodle will bring a user to another page for more information depending on the state they live in.

The Doodle comes just in time for National Voter Registration Day and Monday's presidential debate.

This is just one of the many moves from Google to encourage voter registration especially in states where voting has certain restrictions. In Google's blog post, Engineering Manager Jonathan Betz said that "by helping more people get registered, we're also helping ensure more people get to the polls and vote. The majority of Americans who register to vote end up voting - according to the US Census Bureau, in 2012, 86 percent of those who registered also voted in the November election."

Google has also made "how to vote" and "how to register" search results to answer the high volume of queries for the said information. Google project manager Emily Moxle said that this year's election is a "special" one, as a huge number of people are using Google to learn more about registration and voting.

Google isn't the only web company helping Americans register. Snapchat has partnered with TurboVote to encourage users to register. Facebook has also rolled out a "register now" button.

These social media channels are made in the hopes of appealing to millennials who are the largest living generation in the U.S., but had the lowest voter turnout in the last three elections from 2004 to 2012.

Americans will vote for a new leader on Nov. 8, and will place either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as the country's newly elected president. 

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