Google announced that as soon as the election polls close in the United States election results will be displayed within search engine results.
Users who search for “election results” will be able to see a detailed breakdown of the election results, including state referenda, amendments, propositions, Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential races, Google explained in a statement.
“Starting when the polls close on Election Day, you will be able to find U.S. election results integrated right into your Google searches in over 30 languages around the world,” Google explained in a blog post. “You’ll also be able to see detailed updates and results of the Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional, Gubernatorial races as well as state-level referenda and ballot propositions,” Google added.
The results of the U.S. election will be updated every 30 seconds. Tabs across the top of the search results will also allow users to browse between different election results. The results will also include a detailed breakdown. The breakdown will include the number of electoral votes a presidential candidate needs to win. Google also announced their plans to livestream election news on YouTube via NBC, PBS, MTV, Bloomberg, and many other YouTube channels.
The tech giant explains their goal to help everyone find the latest 2016 election information. “Whether you voted early, plan to head to the polls tomorrow, host an Election Night watch party, or live stream the victory speech from America’s new President-Elect, we’re here to help”
It is important to point out that Google also revealed that searches for “how to vote” were up more than 200 percent between October and November than they were during the last Presidential election. Google also explained that Americans learning how to vote were found primarily in battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Other social media platforms have also been impacted by the election. Americans have spent over 20 million hours on YouTube watching the U.S. presidential debate.
Companies such as Facebook and Google have been working on getting people more information surrounding the U.S. election. For instance, the Ad council teamed up with Facebook to created GoVoteBot, an automated bot that provides information on how and where to vote.
As the election results are only hours away, studies have shown that U.S. Presidential election is causing men and women to stress. A study from the American Psychological Association revealed that more than 50 percent of Americans are feeling stressed about the 2016 Presidential election.