The pandemic makes it more important now than ever to know where exactly or where to drop off a ballot given the highly passionate 2020 election, and Google has decided to help. The internet giant is rolling out tools in search and Google Maps that help you find US voting and ballot drop box locations.
On Google search, type in terms like “early voting locations” or “ballot drop boxes near me” and you’ll get both places to cast your vote as well as requirement reminders (such as a completed and sealed ballot for drop-offs) and details like voting hours.
Google Assistant will soon speed this up by letting you ask “where do I vote?” to get nearby voting locations. The finder should cover over 200,000 voting locations across the US, Google said.
The option is the result of a team-up with the Voting Information Project, itself an alliance between state election officials and the nonpartisan Democracy Works group, although this isn’t the first time Google is helping people with how to vote.
Many are concerned about safety or even whether their vote will be counted, and a search option like this could make all the difference for some voters. Ideally, this helps you vote on time and on comfortable terms.