Here's how to find your polling place — and where to eat or drink after
With less than two weeks until Election Day, most voters have made up their minds. Now, the key is making sure they get to a voting booth.
With that in mind, Foursquare has introduced a new map to help people find their polling place. Simply type in your home address and the interactive map below will show your polling location — and also suggest nearby places to eat, grab a coffee or sit down for a much-needed beer or cocktail.
Foursquare, the check-in app turned location intelligence company, created the map in partnership with the Voting Information Project and Mapbox.
Not every state has finalized their polling places, so don't fret if your address does not work. So far, there is data for 45 states and Washington DC, and the map is missing Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. The map is updating in real-time through Foursquare's collaboration with the Voting Information Project.
For some locations, the map shows early polling place selections.
"We created this map so Americans can plan their Election Day and make a special moment out of the act of voting—giving people options for how they can treat themselves with coffee, lunch, and/or a drink following a visit to the polls," Foursquare's Editor-At-Large Sarah Spagnlo wrote to Mashable in an email.
This isn't Foursquare's only effort to get out the vote. The New York-based company is a part of #TechTurnsOut, a citywide initiative to increase voter registration and turnout. On Election Day, users of Foursquare's check-in app Swarm can earn a virtual sticker when they check into a polling place, and anyone who checks into two restaurants, coffee shops or bars on Election Day will be entered to win a Roku stick, thanks to a partnership with CBS News.
For voters curious of what's on their ballots, Facebook and Google both released helpful guides on candidates and ballot questions.