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This article was published on September 27, 2016

Twitter’s new feature makes it dead simple to register to vote

Twitter’s new feature makes it dead simple to register to vote
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Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to article. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead an Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to article. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an Apple fan for as long as he can remember.

To celebrate National Voter Registration Day, Twitter has announced a new feature that makes it it easier than ever for US residents to register to vote in the presidential election.

Starting today, when a Twitter user sends a Direct Message to the official @Gov account with their five-digit zip code, they’ll receive an automated response with their state’s voter registration deadline and a personalized link to register.

As we get closer to Election Day, Twitter will invoke a new partnership with Pew’s Voting Information Project and Google’s Information Civic API to answer additional questions submitted to @Gov, such as “where’s my local polling station?”

If you’ve already registered to vote, be sure to let your friends know by sending out a tweet with the hashtag #iRegistered. This generates a neat little emoji — pictured below — which, when pressed, redirects users to a page where they can register.

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