Election Day 2018: Google urges Americans to ‘Go Vote’ in Midterms today
- The Google Doodle for Nov 6 encourages Americans to vote on Election Day
- Clicking on the Doodle takes users to relevant Election Day pages and results
- Google will be providing real-time results once the votes start coming in later
It’s Election Day in America today and everyone including Google wants US citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
The Google Doodle for November 6, 2018 appears to be simply an imperative: ‘Go Vote’.
Today’s Midterm elections sees all 435 seats in the House of Representatives contested, while one-third of the Senate, 35 seats, are also being voted on.
It is also being described as a referendum on the Donald Trump presidency, with a much vaunted Blue Wave of disillusioned Democrats being encouraged to vote, with key races like the one in Texas between incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
However, upon a closer look, the search engine giant is also doubling down on the instruction by providing help to voters.
The Google Doodle for November 6, 2018 encourages Americans to vote on Election Day
Clicking on the Doodle on the homepage in the US will take users to a tool in search that helps voters find the nearest polling station to their place.
All they have to do is type in the complete street address of where they are registered to vote to find out where the nearest voting station is and what are its hours of operation.
On the actual Doodle page, there is a second link that sends users to the search results for ‘How To Vote’, with the top results explaining the process.
Once the results start rolling in Google will be providing real-time results for both Senate and House results.
All users have to do to access them is type in ‘Senate results’ or ‘House results’ into the search bar.
Also searching for individual House, Senate and Gubernatorial races will bring up the results for those specific races.
Here are the key races to keep an eye out on this Election Day.
Google Doodles are small illustrations or animations that appear in the Google logo on the homepage.
The first time a Google Doodle was used was in 1998, when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin visited the 1998 Burning Man Festival.
To commemorate their trip, the founders drew a stick-man standing behind the second ‘o’ in the Google logo.
Recent Google Doodles include the computer scientist Michael Dertouzos, an interactive multiplayer Halloween Game, World Teacher Day and German Reunification Day.