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Pew and Its Partners Help Voters Get to the Polls

Google, the Internet Association, and leading technology firms among collaborators on informational website

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WASHINGTON—With the election less than two weeks away, the Voting Information Project (VIP)—a partnership among The Pew Charitable Trusts, Google, and the states, along with the Internet Association and the world’s top technology companies—launched Get to the Polls (www.GetToThePolls.com) to provide voters with information about polling place locations, hours of operation, and early voting, as well as ballot summaries.

GetToThePolls.com is a free, nonpartisan website powered by the Google Civic Information application programming interface (API), with directions via Google Maps.

“Pew and the Internet Association have joined forces with Google to reach people across the web through social media, websites, and company intranets,” said Alexis Schuler, who oversees election initiatives at Pew. “Thanks to state election officials across the country and the efforts of many technology companies, voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will find information about this election online, through sources they access on a daily basis.”

The organizations taking part in Get to the Polls include: 

"The internet platforms work to provide people the information they need when they need it, and nowhere is this more true than on Election Day," said Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association. "Our partnership with the Voting Information Project helps voters get to the polls and cast their ballots."

In addition to Get to the Polls, VIP offers an embeddable widget, which may be accessed at www.votinginfoproject.org/projects, that anyone can put on a website. Voters may also text VOTE or VOTO to GOVOTE (46-8683) to access their voting information through VIP.*

* By sending a text message to Pew, you consent to receive voting information via texts from an automated system. This is a free service, but standard text message rates may apply. You may revoke consent by contacting Pew, including by texting STOP.

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About Get to the Polls

The Google Civic Information API is an open, free data source created to provide useful civic information, including elections data powering Get to the Polls. To learn more, visit https://developers.google.com/civic-information.

The Internet Association’s mission is to foster innovation, promote economic growth, and empower people through the free and open internet. The internet creates unprecedented benefits for society, and as the voice of the world's leading internet companies, the Internet Association ensures that stakeholders understand these benefits. Learn more at internetassociation.org.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Learn more at www.pewtrusts.org/elections.

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