Google is inviting Filipinos across the country to map their voting centers via a “Map Your Precinct” tool that will help voters get to their assigned polling station on Election Day, May 10, 2010. The “Map Your Precinct” campaign relies on the volunteer efforts of Filipinos who are encouraged to tag the locations of the voting centers they are familiar with on Google Map Maker, Google’s online map-editing tool. The tool can be accessed at http://www.google.com.ph/intl/en/landing/elections2010/.
The tool started out as a 20% project by Dan Delima, a Filipino Google engineer who has seen firsthand Filipinos’ enthusiasm in using Google Map Maker. Having heard that designated polling stations may change for many voters this year due to precinct clustering, Dan decided to build a tool that harnesses the knowledge of the Pinoy community to make voting center information more accessible to Filipinos.
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