New Google campaign tool helps supporters find polling places

New Google campaign tool helps supporters find polling places
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Google is giving campaigns a new tool as they look to get their voters to the polls.

A targeted ad unit rolled out recently by the search giant allows users to enter their address so they can see the location of their polling place.

A spokesperson for the company said “dozens” of campaigns have been using the tool. That includes Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Breitbart News denies readership drop, alt-right label Mellman: The next war MORE’s presidential campaign, as well as those Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainZuckerberg: Maybe tech should face some regulations Schiff mocks Trump: Obama, Bush didn't need staff warning 'do not congratulate' Putin GOP senator tears into Trump for congratulating Putin MORE (R-Ariz.) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteAudit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years No, the US did not spend million on a gas station in Afghanistan MORE (R-N.H.), among others.

“Throughout this campaign we’ve done a lot of work to identify likely McCain voters and reach them wherever they are online, so by serving them this targeted ad — in English or Spanish — we’re making it as easy as possible for them to find their polling location and vote for McCain,” said Lorna Romero, the communications director for the McCain campaign, in an email.

McCain’s ads feature a picture of the longtime senator and the text “Enter your address below to find your polling place and cast your vote." Below that is a search bar where users can enter their address to find their polling place.

The ads have been rolling out in the last two weeks.

They come as campaigns look to turn out their loyalists and recent converts to the polls. Because of widespread early voting throughout the country, that effort has been underway for weeks — but is reaching its climax on Election Day Tuesday.

Internet companies with a substantial footprint in the advertising space have been working hard in recent years to capture a share of the millions of dollars spent on digital political advertising. Both Facebook and Google, which dominate the market for online ads, have teams dedicated to selling ads to campaigns.

The companies have worked hard to build their ties to political operatives on both sides of the aisle. Both Google and Facebook collaborated with the commission that sets up the presidential debates and were involved with this summer’s political conventions.

And the firms had physical presences at the early primary debates, allowing their staffers to interact with journalists and operatives assigned to the campaign.

Google also has other features for giving voters information. A user can look up “Where is my polling place?” and be served the answer directly in the search results. The same is true for users looking up the content of their ballots.