Location-Based Web Service Gowalla Lets Politicians Check-In on the Campaign Trail

Gowalla is getting political. You can now show your support to your political candidate of choice with Gowalla’s latest set of campaign and election stamps. Check in at a political rally, town hall or other event and you’ll get a snazzy new passport stamp unique to that event. This new feature even lets you create your own political event in support of a candidate with a distinct badge given to anyone who participates. So, get your smartphones out, hop on that campaign bus or beaten down van and start your cross-country political rally tour.

Announced today on the Gowalla blog, the political stamps and event support are designed to increase voter education and participation. One of the new features allows politicians and their aids access to the Events feature within Gowalla to give out new political stamps to supporters who check-in at the time of the rally, speech or town hall. But Gowalla is going beyond just the “official” events to get the people excited for the 2010 and 2012 elections: anyone can establish their own political event, either generic or in support of a particular candidate, and give out the political stamps to attendees.