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[liberationtech] FYI: Google Releases Civic Information API

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Sat Oct 13 11:03:31 PDT 2012

What is the Google Civic Information API?

The Google Civic Information API allows developers to build
applications that display civic information including polling place,
early vote location, candidate data, and election official information
to users. The initial version of the API is geared towards
election-related information for the United States. Future versions of
the API may add more types of civic information and expand to other

US election data is based on the political geography of a voter’s
registered address. The voter’s address determines where the voter is
eligible to vote and what offices and ballot measures the voter may
vote on. There are many US elections throughout the year, and the
election information relevant to a voter can shift depending on the
election. Google assigns every election available in the API an
election ID, and the information associated with that ID is intended
to be accurate for that election only. You can use the Google Civic
Information API to query all upcoming elections and then find
information for a voter for a specific election.

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