Mountain View, California, USA, 23 October 2006 – Conceived by Google Earth engineers who found it difficult to find aggregated election information online, the 2006 Google Earth Election Guide serves as an easily accessible resource for users to find information about candidates, voter registration, and campaign financing for the November elections in USA. Elections for the United States House of Representatives will be held on November 7, 2006, with all of the 435 seats in the House up for election.
“We’re excited to connect voters across the country to timely and locally relevant information about the upcoming elections and the candidates,” said John Hanke, Director of Google Earth and Maps. The 2006 Google Earth Election Guide includes clickable place marks for all 435 Congressional districts. Each place mark includes:
-The slate of candidates running for office in that district, with live feeds from Google Web, Image, and News Search for each candidate
-Campaign finance information from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org) for the district’s candidates
-A link to voter registration and voter information sites, localized to each state
The 2006 Google Earth Election Guide is available under the Layers tab of the Google Earth sidebar.