Facebook reminds 6th District users to vote today

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April 17, 2017 - Sandy Springs - Jon Ossoff greets supporters at his Sandy Springs headquarters. Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel campaign on the eve of the election. Democrat Jon Ossoff hopes to pull off an upset victory, gunning for a majority of the vote, a prospect that was unimaginable when he entered the race in January as a little-known investigative filmmaker who once worked for U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

If you aren’t sure if you live in Georgia’s 6th congressional district — and apparently many of you aren’t — you might want to check your Facebook account.

The increasingly ubiquitous social media network has rolled out a new feature to let users in the three-county congressional district know that today is election day.



Related: All about Georgia’s 6th Congressional District

An example of what Facebook users in Georgia’s 6th congressional district might see today. FACEBOOK

A Facebook spokesman said the company has launched this new feature for local elections, although it has deployed it for national votes since 2008. The company last year used a similar feature to remind Georgians to register to vote ahead of deadlines.

The company spokesman said Facebook matches districts with its users based on location information and from “a variety of sources and civic engagement features we have launched in the last few months.”

The company said a study in the journal “Nature” as well as its own internal research has shown these reminders can increase voter turnout.

Want to find out if you can vote in Tuesday’s election? Use the Secretary of State Office’s online “my voter page” website and to find your regular precinct to vote on Election Day.

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