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Google Earth gets political


Google Earth has released a mashup of its mapping software which will offer real-time info about the U.S. congressional races in November.

“Our hope is that young people using Google Earth will make better, informed choices,” said John Hanke, director of Google Earth and Google Maps.

This is a nice application of the software: it visually serves up info that, in the past, was often hard to find and hard to consolidate. This kind of political bird’s-eye view is often available on TV, of course — but the networks usually save that sort of thing until election night, when it’s often too late to make a difference.

It’s also worth noting that for each district, the first call to action is to register to vote.

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