Google has never really been shy about getting its users to participate in the democratic process. But this election cycle, the Mountain View seems to have kicked it up a notch. We’ve found banners and reminders placed throughout all of its services, from YouTube to Google Maps to Google Now. Check out our gallery below of all the different places Google might be pestering you…
First on the list is YouTube, which has been a particularly concentrated hub for Google’s efforts this election cycle. On Sunday the company posted a video inviting you to “meet the #voteIRL Dogglegangers,” as part of its #voteIRL campaign. In that video, dogs replace some of your favorite YouTube stars — from MKBHD to Casey Neistat — as they supposedly take a day off of content creating to go vote.
The #VoteIRL campaign also features a video straight from President Barack Obama himself, and a series of videos showing just how easy it is — or, I guess I should say for most people was — to register to vote in this election.
Gmail — Google’s most trafficked online service — has also been showing the below banner for a couple of days showing you how you can easily find your polling place and get out to vote.
The homepage of Google has also been a pretty big player in Google’s push this cycle, as it has been in the past. Of course the main logo has been replaced with some Election Day doodles for the last couple of days, and the same pop up from Gmail has also been showing on the front page.
Google Search is also providing helpful smart results for questions like “where do I vote”:
Appropriately, Google is also pushing the “where do I vote” suggestions in the app that millions of Americans use to find other places they want to go. Google Maps on the web and the Android app are both showing a banner that you can tap to find your polling location.
If you have access to Google Assistant, you can also get a quick answer on where your voting location is that way. From the Google Pixel, all I had to ask is “where do I vote,” and the Assistant responded with my location — assuming the address it has on file is correct. This also works on Google Home for those that already have their hands on that device.
And finally, this is pretty self-explanatory, but Google has also been using social media over the last couple days to remind you to go vote.
If you Nexus fans need a reason to go vote, here it is:
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