foursquare users: Don’t forget to check in on Election Day Nov. 2, as The I Voted Project teamed up with the location-based mobile app to create the official I Voted badge, awarded to users who check in to their polling place locations and “shout” #ivoted
This project was designed with three purposes in mind: to encourage civic participation through the distribution of the “I Voted” foursquare badge; to increase transparency by visualizing how many voters are checking-in, and at which polling locations; and to develop a replicable and scalable system to use for the 2012 presidential elections and beyond.
The official I Voted Project site, located at elections.foursquare.com, will go live Nov. 2 and display “I Voted” check-ins throughout the country as they are happening. The site will allow users to explore check-ins by city and state, while also providing data about the volume, time of day, and gender that each polling location is experiencing. The interactive map of check-ins will also be available for embed on any Web site.
We’re excited to work with such an amazing group of partners to harness the power of foursquare to drive civic engagement through the I Voted badge. With more than 4 million users, foursquare is now at the scale where check-ins communicate a larger trend, and we’re excited to make this data more accessible to the public.