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Google Launches Election Guide

Clicking on a congressional district marker in Google Earth gets the user the slate of candidates running, with live feeds about each candidate from Google's image and news search engines.

Google on Monday launched an election guide that provides information from all 435 congressional districts.

The content is available by clicking on the place mark for each district on Google Earth, the search engine's mapping service that provides satellite images of geographical locations. The guide for the Nov. 7 elections is available under the "layers" tab of the Google Earth sidebar.

Clicking on a congressional district marker gets the user the slate of candidates running, with live feeds on each candidate from Google's Web, image and news search engines. In addition, the guide offers campaign finance information from the Federal Election Commission and the Center for Responsive Politics.

The guide also offers a link to voter registration and voter information sites, localized to each state.

John Hanke, director of Google Earth and Maps, said in a statement that the guide showed how the mapping service could "serve as the ultimate tool for organizing and sharing similar geo-based information."

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