5 tech tools that make voting easier than ever

Editor's Note: With the election over, this article is now out of date. However, many of the tools here go beyond yesterday's vote, and are well worth checking out. Our original post follows.

Media old and new is out in force to cover today's U.S. presidential election. That means there's a lot of noise, too, so we've rounded up the most engaging tools of what we've found for your perusal this election. If you haven't cast your vote, there's still time, and these tools will help you.

Even political agnostics will have something to celebrate tonight: all of those obnoxious ads will finally be over. I think we can all agree on how good that news is.




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1. "I Want My Country to…"

This brief survey by the New York Times and CBS News asks cursory questions about big ticket election issues like tax rates, Iran and something about the economy. The hook is that as respondents move down the list of questions, the survey lets them know how many folks agree with them. This progresses with each question — by the time your reporter had answered the six questions in the survey, I had completely shared consensus with less than 1% of the survey's respondents.




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2. My Fair Election

My Fair Election allows voters to report conditions at their polling places across the country. The site collects specific information on wait times per precinct, allows comments and a one-to-five star rating. My Fair Election hopes that its data will be used to root out fraud and improve the experience at the polls.




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3. Vote Smart

Vote Smart is one of many candidate-voter matching tools out there. Vote Smart has one important advantage over the also-rans: it's pretty. The system lines up the six (?!) candidates on virtual yard signs and lets you answer as few or as many questions on a range of 13 topics. As voters answer questions, the yard sticks hop forward and backward, highlighting which candidates agree. This helps voters parse how each candidate feels on exactly what matters and nothing else.




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4. Election Night Spotify Playlist

The Washington Post's politics blog, The Fix, solicited its Twitter followers to create a Spotify playlist worthy of the occasion. The result is an eclectic mix of songs that are sure to remind you that for one day every four years, Ohio is the most important state in the Union. Look at Miss Ohio, indeed.




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5. Have Michael Moore Text Your Friends

Film maker Michael Moore has tweeted that if you send him a phone number of a non-voter, he will personally text them, asking them to vote. Reach out to Mr. Moore while you can. He will likely have a new phone number by tomorrow.

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