Google is including new election options to its voice assistant, Google Search, and Google Maps, to make it easier for US voters to find voting locations forward of the election subsequent month. In Google Search, queries like “early voting locations” and “poll drop containers close to me” will give information about the place you’ll vote in individual or go back mail-in ballots, whilst asking the Google Assistant the place to vote will “quickly” supply related knowledge to your telephone, speaker, or good show, Google says.
Then, when you’ve discovered a location, Google says its Maps carrier can now come up with instructions to voting or poll drop field locations, and will supply details about voting hours.
Information like this is particularly vital this yr given many extra citizens are anticipated to use mail-in ballots in mild of the pandemic. Google says it has partnered with the Voting Information Project to supply the voting location knowledge, and plans to record over 200,000 voting locations national. In circumstances the place this knowledge is now not to be had to supply at once, Google says it is going to level customers in opposition to state and native election web sites.
As smartly as proactively offering voting knowledge, Google and its subsidiaries also are making an attempt to prohibit the unfold of voting incorrect information, together with claims about mail-in voting. Just closing month, YouTube unveiled new rules concentrated on incorrect information about mail-in voting. However, Google was criticized again in August for failing to take away deceptive commercials about voting via mail. President Trump has time and again claimed that mail voting will result in fraud.