Yesterday, we pointed out a Web site designed to help you figure out if you were registered to vote. Well, those crazy kids at Google went ahead and did one better with their new 2008 Voter Info Google Map layer.
In explaining the need for the feature, developers JL Needham, Public Sector Content Partnerships, and Abe Murray, Product Manager write:
“It’s hard to believe that in 2008, information so important to U.S. citizens and the democratic process isn’t well organized on the web. To solve this problem, we’ve released our US Voter Info site, an effort to simplify and centralize voting locations and registration information.”
Like most things Google, the map layer is a brilliant combination of simplicity and utility. Enter your address and it will show you where to vote and offer information about how to vote by mail (including a link so you can get an absentee ballout) and how to get registered. Essentially, it’s your one-stop-shop for all your voting needs.