Google gears up for General Election

Google is wading into the General Election fray with a new site dedicated to the 6 May poll.

Google gears up for General Election

Following on from its dedicated coverage of the US and Australian elections, the search giant has launched its General Election 2010 site.

The site is keeping tabs on the popularity of the key figures, with charts tracking the number of searches conducted for each of the prospective Prime Ministers and Chancellors.

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At the time of writing, David Cameron was narrowly ahead of Gordon Brown, while the Liberal Democrats’ Vince Cable remained comfortably ahead of his Labour and Conservative rivals for Number 11.

The site’s trackers are also keeping tabs on the volume of searches for each party (Labour holds the lead at the time of publication) as well as the big issues, such as Education, Crime and Iraq & Afghanistan.

Google’s General Election site includes a postcode checker that allows voters to see how the vote was split in their constituency at the last election, and who’s standing this time.

The site also contains links to the YouTube and Facebook “Digital Debates”, where voters are encouraged to send in video questions for the party leaders to answer.

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