Where do I vote? Google marks presidential election 2016 with informative Doodle

Voter turnout was around 55 per cent in the 2012 US presidential election

Katie Forster
Monday 07 November 2016 17:27
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Today's US Google Doodle is the second in a series of illustrations urging people to vote in the presidential election
Today's US Google Doodle is the second in a series of illustrations urging people to vote in the presidential election

Google is encouraging its US users to vote in the presidential election with a Google Doodle which helps them find their nearest polling place.

The illustration shows each letter in the search engine’s name smiling and holding up signs saying “vote” in English, Spanish and Chinese.

The letters are wearing pin badges and surrounded by US flags in the image, which has replaced the standard Google logo on its front page across the States.

It appeared the day before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go head-to-head on election day and follows a similar but more simple Doodle displayed on the site on Sunday.

Clicking on the image leads US internet browsers to a tool called ‘Where to vote’ with information in English and Spanish on voter registration and this year’s ballot.

There is also a search box which finds the nearest voting location for any given address.

Last week, search trends appeared to suggest that more people than ever planned to vote early – and that many people wanted to change them to vote for somebody else.

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Searches for “where do I vote early?” climbed to an all-time high last week, Google said.

It increased 3,200 per cent from September to October, as the election approaches and candidates urge their supporters to vote.

In 2012, around 55 per cent of the electorate voted, while in 2008 voter turnout was reported at around 57 per cent.

The final national and state-wide polls are starting to come in with 24 hours to go until the first voting booths open.

The news is mostly good for Hillary Clinton who appears to have ridden out a last-minute scare over an FBI investigation into some more of her emails, which had been giving Donald Trump momentum.

The earliest possible time US media could declare victory for one candidate after polls close tomorrow evening is at 11pm Eastern Time, or 4am UK time.

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