Facebook, Big Tech Helping Prep You for Election Day--Tech Roundup

Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 2.

With the election just days away, the political frenzy is approaching peak status. Surely, most are excited for it to be over. But inevitably, many voters still on the fence are trying to figure out what name they're going to select on November 8.

Well, big tech is trying to make it easier for you when it comes to the political part of life.

Facebook (FB) is rolling out an election ballot preview, which lets users read about candidates and where they stand on the issues. Users can email themselves their choices later if they need it for reference. They can also share their results and ask their friends for opinions -- although that could be a slippery slope. 

You may remember Facebook was responsible for a spike in voter registration earlier this election cycle.

Alphabet (GOOGL) and Twitter (TWTR)  are also helping (the latter by direct messaging @Gov) voters find their correct polling station.

It's been really clear this year how much social media and technology is playing into the election. It makes me wonder -- and concerned -- about what 2020 will have in store for us.

Shares of Facebook closed at $127.17 Wednesday, down 1.8%.

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