Can't Find the Polls? Foursquare Has an App for That
Technology Editor, CNBC.com
Planning to vote but can't locate your nearest polling station? Believe it or not, there's an app for that, too.
Foursquare s helping perplexed voters perform their civic duty with the launch of a new program called "I Voted."
The application, which is powered by Google's Civic Information API, allows users to link the app to their Foursquare account, so that they can find the nearest place to cast their vote. It also provides information about the candidates and propositions on the ballot in the users area.
While "I Voted" is certainly useful as an election day guidebook, it's also a good way for people to encourage others to vote, said Dennis Crowley, Foursquare CEO and co-founder, Tuesday.
"We're seeing lots of Foursquare users right now going out and checking into polling locations, [and] sharing that information with their friends," Crowley said on CNBC's Squawk on The Street."We think that might encourage other people to go out and get their vote on."
Foursquare users can check-in to the polling location they cast their vote and use the hashtag 'ivoted' on Twitter, in order to acquire an "I Voted" badge. That icon can then be shared with their friends on Foursquare.
The social media company also launched an interactive site that allows people to see where Foursquare users are voting in real-time on Tuesday.
"It's really interesting to help people find places to go out and vote, as well as allowing people to share the act of voting itself," he said.