Facebook Informs Voters for 2016 US Election

by TechMainstream Staff


October 29, 2016



Facebook is encouraging US voters to use vote planner, a new feature that "shows you what’s on the ballot — from candidates to ballot initiatives...where the candidates stand on the issues — whether they are running for president or a local office like city council." The vote planner is similar to receiving a sample ballot ahead of the November 8 election, allowing voters to make informed decisions vital to their future.

With data provided by election officials through the nonpartisan Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), voters "can preview the races and issues you’ll see on your ballot, learn more about the candidates and their positions, then email yourself your choices for later reference." Candidates running for office in federal, state and local elections are defined by their issue positions, their endorsements, recent posts and their website. You can add important candidates to your favorites and bring your planner along with when you vote.

The vote planner respects your privacy. You have the option to share, or not, your voting preferences by selecting “Only me” or “Friends”. Also via messenger, prospective voters can inquire of friends and family for voting advice. Users can allow their voter preferences to be viewed by others in their planners if authorized. For more information, learn how to obtain the vote planner at Vote Planner. Reference: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/10/preparing-for-the-us-election-2016/

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