11/02/2010 - The Pew Center on the States is partnering with Google, Inc., 19 states and the District of Columbia to give millions of Americans much easier access to official online information on the November 2 elections. The Voting Information Project (VIP) Web tool provides official, customized data on polling place locations, including maps and directions, along with a list of candidates and issues on the ballot—all in an easy-to-use format. States participating in the project this year include Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington, plus the District of Columbia. Several counties across California and Illinois also are participating.
The new tool allows voters to type in their address to find their polling location, ballot contents, identification requirements and absentee ballot instructions. The same information is also available through a Google Maps portal. Candidates, newspapers, nonprofits and others seeking to help citizens participate in the electoral process can post the tool on their websites as well. There is also a mobile version of the site available.
For more information on Pew’s Election Initiatives, visit www.pewcenteronthestates.org/elections