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Uber, Lyft, Zipcar Offer Free Or Discounted Rides To Polls On Election Day

Election Day is nearly here, and millions of Americans will head to their respective polling places on Tuesday. You might be able to drive, walk, bike, or jetpack to your voting site, but for those who need a ride (or just a car), a handful of companies are offering free or discounted options. [More]

Steven Depolo

Thinking Of Gambling On The Election? You Can’t In Vegas

The election is next week and while some might argue it’s a sporting event — the rounds of debate sparring, the marathon-like campaign stops — it’s not. So, if you were planning on betting for one side or the other, you might want to think again: Vegas doesn’t want your bet.  [More]

Court Says Ballot Selfies Are Illegal In New York, At Least For This Election

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Weeks after one federal appeals court ruled that New Hampshire’s ban on photos inside the voting booth is unconstitutional, a federal district court judge in New York state has come to a different conclusion about that state’s prohibition against sharing photos of your ballot. [More]

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The Consumerist Guide To Your 2016 Ballot Initiatives

We’re almost there: at long last, after one of the frankly just-plain weirdest years of news most of us can remember, Election Day is finally drawing nigh nationwide. And while the candidates at the top of the ticket have definitely captured most of the metaphorical air in the national room, there’s far more than just that at stake this year for most voters.

In addition to selecting candidates for dozens of federal, state, and local offices, voters have a wide array of state and local ballot initiatives to choose from this year. Many of those directly address major consumer issues of many kinds. So we’re helping you break those down, with a state-by-state guide. [More]

Scott Lynch

Ban On Selfies In The Voting Booth Is Unconstitutional

With a little more than a month to go before Election Day, we finally have some clarity on that age-old legal question: Am I allowed to take a selfie in the voting booth? [More]

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Selfies In The Voting Booth? Not So Fast.

When exercising your right to vote for the next President of the United States it might be tempting to document the once-every-four-years event with a selfie. But before you hit the camera button, you should know your state laws, because in some areas of the U.S. the now-popular voting booth selfie is illegal.  [More]

Sorry You Can't Vote: You're Dead

Sorry You Can't Vote: You're Dead

A bureaucratic mixup led to a very confusing Super Tuesday for one Boston-area woman. The 84-year-old showed up to vote in Tuesday’s primary election, only to be told that she couldn’t vote: she was dead.

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Easily Find Your Polling Location With Google

Easily Find Your Polling Location With Google

For the quickest and easiest way to figure out your polling location for tomorrow, just Google for the word “vote.” A little search box with a vote button next to it will appear. Type in your home address and you’ll get a handy Google Map showing you your nearest place to go vote.

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Facebook Voting Has Ended; New Terms Being Considered Despite Small Turnout

Facebook Voting Has Ended; New Terms Being Considered Despite Small Turnout

When voting ended yesterday on the Facebook terms of service, around 600,000 people had voted, and about 70% of those votes were cast for the new documents drafted over the past couple of months. Although the voting total was nowhere near the 30% of active Facebook users that Facebook said would be required, the site is still considering validating the vote and implementing the new terms after the audit is complete.

You're Participating In The Facebook Terms Of Service Vote, Right?

You're Participating In The Facebook Terms Of Service Vote, Right?

You’ve got about a day and a half left to cast your vote for which Terms of Service you’d prefer Facebook go with—the one written in September 2008 without user input, or the new one they’ve drafted over the last month based on suggestions from the Facebook community.

Don't Forget To Vote In Round 2 Of WCIA '09

Don't Forget To Vote In Round 2 Of WCIA '09

If you haven’t done so yet, visit our posts for the round two competitors for Worst Company in America—we’ve got 7 face-offs ready for your vote, and the final one will go up next week (Circuit City vs. BoA, if you’re following the bracket.) Is Ticketmaster’s stranglehold on the live event industry worse than United Health Care’s capacity for denying valid insurance claims? Does bailout-tainted AIG deserve the title more than regular-tainted Peanut Corp? Only you can decide!

Do I Get Time Off To Vote? Know Your Rights

Do I Get Time Off To Vote? Know Your Rights

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Scammy Website Charges For Voter Registration

Scammy Website Charges For Voter Registration

A scammy website, “IWantToVote.com,” has been charging residents of New Jersey $9.99 to fill out their voter registration forms, says that New Jersey Public Advocate:

Did McDonald's Commit A Crime By Giving Hotcakes To Voters?

Did McDonald's Commit A Crime By Giving Hotcakes To Voters?

Reader Josh writes us with concerns that a Chicago McDonald’s Franchisee committed a crime by offering free hotcakes to “early voters” in Chicago. He writes:In Chicago, some McDonald’s restaurants are offering free hotcakes to people who early-vote in the local runoff elections!

Vote On Amazon’s Holiday Deals

Vote On Amazon’s Holiday Deals

Amazon launched a new program that lets customers vote on the deals the online retailer offers this holiday season.

Clips: How To Hack A Diebold Machine

Ed Felton of Princeton University goes on Fox and shows just how easy it is to hack those Diebold Voting Machines with a virus and a hotel mini bar key, reversing history to guarantee Benedict Arnold the coveted 1789 election.

Diebold Voting Machines, Hotel Minibars Equally Secure

Diebold Voting Machines, Hotel Minibars Equally Secure

Politics are not really in our purview, but when your tax money goes to buying expensive machines that just don’t work… oh, and happen to determine the future of the entire country… we’ve just got to step up.