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Google to Surface Election Day 2016 Results As Soon As Polls Close

Google to Surface Election Day 2016 Results As Soon As Polls Close

Google wants to be your source for up-to-the-minute coverage of election results for the 2016 US Presidential election.

Immediately as polls close, Google will begin surfacing a real-time count of election results built right into the first page of search.

Simply search for “election results” when the polls close on November 8th, and Google will have a live count which will be updated every 30 seconds.

Google has created an animated GIF as an example of what you will see when searching for election results after polls close on election day.

As well as results for the Presidential race, Google will also display Senatorial, Congressional, Gubernatorial races as well as state-level referenda and ballot propositions.

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Despite it being a race for the President of the United States, it’s safe to say the whole world is waiting for the results of this election. Google will be making its election day results features available worldwide in 30 languages.

Google explains how launched a number of initiatives this year aimed at helping to educate voters on such things as how to register to vote, and who’s on their ballot.

This year, the company says there has been a “startling” increase in the number of people searching for how to vote:

“Our search results have helped voters register and explained the voting process with information on how to vote, who’s on their ballot, and how to find their local polling place in both English and Spanish. Since releasing these in-depth search results, we’ve seen millions of people engage with these tools on Google — there’s even been a startling 233% increase in traffic for “how to vote” compared with 2012. In addition to “how to vote,” Americans are actively searching for “where to vote”.

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Google reminds that starting 7pm EST on November 8, YouTube will be streaming election results from more news outlets than ever before. Including live coverage from NBC, PBS, MTV, Bloomberg, Telemundo and The Young Turks.


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