By tradition, the first Tuesday of November is election day in the U.S. Twitter can help you prepare to vote today and then help you stay engaged with your elected officials after all the votes are counted.
Our @gov team compiled a list of Twitter accounts comprised of the Secretary of State (the office that oversees elections) for every state, plus other relevant accounts offering voter information. Along with some other technology entities, Twitter has joined with the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project to launch the “Get to the Polls” initiative (www.gettothepolls.com). The tool helps voters find their official polling places (and their hours), plus a full ballot summary based on their home addresses.
Races to watch
This midterm, citizens will go to the polls to choose candidates for 435 U.S. House seats, 36 U.S. Senate seats and 36 gubernatorial races, among other local measures. Of the contested seats, 92% of the candidates and incumbents use Twitter. During the weekend before election day, these 10 races generated the highest volume of local Tweets per capita:
In the run-up to today, many of the candidates, campaigns and political parties have used Twitter and @Vine to mobilize voters:
As of now, here are the percentages of major U.S. government officials on Twitter. Click on each to find and follow politicians from each office.
You can discover more state-by-state data on our #Election2014 dashboard at election.twitter.com, where you’ll also see Twitter accounts related to the U.S. candidates for governor, Senate and House. You can follow the 1600+ Twitter accounts belonging to #Election2014 candidates and retiring incumbents here.