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Google Leads Voters Astray

by ARLnow.com November 4, 2010 at 9:21 am 1,767 22 Comments

If you used Google to tell you where to vote on Thursday, it may have given you bad advice.

Virginia Square resident Charlie Fitzpatick tells Fast Company magazine that a Google service intended to assist voters directed him to a location in Courthouse, almost a mile away from where he was supposed to be voting.

A text message service intended to provide polling place information also provided misinformation on election day, Fast Company reports.

Politico has the story, as well.

  • PurpleFlipFlops

    It’s pretty easy to figure out where to vote. Why do people need google to tell them? If they don’t know how to read their voter registration card maybe they shouldn’t be voting.

    • Burger

      Not that I disagree but the voting precienct (sic) that is closest to me, less than 1/4 of a mile from my house, is not where I vote which is about a mile away.

      • NPGMBR

        I could almost agree with you but if voting is important to you you’ll know where you are supposed to vote as soon as you get your registration card. I’ve lived in Arlington since 95 and my polling place has only changed when I moved. And despite that fact that I know where my polling place is I still carry my card with me.

        • anon

          You are lucky your polling place hasn’t changed. If you leave by any of the new apts. going up along the Orange line corridor it can change several times in a 5 year span. One or two new big apartment buildings may necessitate the creation of a whole new polling center. However the Arlington County website is easy to use to quickly look up where your current polling location is.

          • anon


  • MikeyinCrystalC

    How about in these instances one actually uses an official government resource, such as the county or state’s websites.

  • V Dizzle

    Google told me to vote 3rd party, and that my peers don’t respect me as much as I think that they do.

    • NPGMBR

      Now whats funny!

  • Glebe Roader

    Your voter registration card has your voting site. Or, contact your board of elections to find out where to vote. “Google it” isn’t the answer to everything. This is similar to the complaints several weeks ago that Google Maps would not use I-66 through Arlington. We can use our brains, we can look at a map and decide our own route.

  • AJbaba

    How is the Irish Pub in Shirlington coming? It looks completely stopped when I visited to see a week ago. Any insights?

  • Lou

    Google left hairs on my bar of soap.

  • TAllen

    Obviously a Republican plot to suppress voter turnout.

    • PurpleFlipFlops

      Here I was thinking the opposite — a liberal plot to confuse Republicans on where to vote.

  • Greg McE

    I had no idea George Mason University was just down the street from me! And all this time I thought those were townhouses.

  • ArlingtonAaron

    The problem with some of these services is that they ask you for your address, and tell you the poll location based on that: But if you haven’t updated your registration with the Registrar’s office, you would still be on the rolls at your old address and have to vote there.

    • anon

      The Arlington county website, which is very easy to use/find, asks for your name, birth date and last 4 digit of your SSN. It then will tell you the address you are currently registered at and the polling location for that address.

  • charlie

    google doesn’t want me to vote; or on i-66 or biking anywhere.
    am i a consumer or a subject?

    • NPGMBR

      I’m starting to think Google hates NOVA!

  • Yeah, it did the same thing to me in regards to the map.

    But vote on Thursday? Isn’t that…today? I think you meant Tuesday. 🙂

    • Glebe Roader

      Oh crap, Google told me that TODAY was election day…

  • Zack

    When the zombie apocalypse comes, some people will be seriously screwed.


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