Foursquare Gets Political With Voting App

foursquare, election 2012, social networksFoursquare will provide “I Voted” badges and a display of Foursquare users voting in real time on election day at election.foursquare.com, the company said today.

Users who download the “I Voted” app also get useful information before the election. They can see where their polling place is and learn about measures and candidates on the ballot. Users will also see which forms of identification they will need in order to vote, requirements which have changed in many states since the last presidential election.

Foursquare pulls the information from Google’s Civic Information API.

Those incentives to download the app, along with the digital “I Voted” sticker, will ideally translate into a robust set of polling-place check-ins on November 6, allowing Foursquare to put on a meaningful display of real-time voting.

The app stems from a partnership between the Voting Information Project, Goolge.org, Pew Center for the States and several other groups.

Foursquare was not available for comment.

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