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Facebook, Foursquare get real-time voting maps

This post was originally published on Mashable.

Want a live look at voting patterns across the United States this Election Day? Facebook and Foursquare both have real-time maps of polling place check-ins across the US, broken down by state.

Facebook's voting data can be broken down by state.
Facebook's voting data can be broken down by state. 

Facebook's map runs on autopilot: Load it up, sit and watch, almost like an iTunes visualisation. Blue dots show a polling place check-in, while a counter above tallies the total check-ins. The map can also be switched into an impressive full-screen view.

Facebook's voting check-in data can also be broken down by state, showing peak voting times and age/gender breakdowns.

Over on Foursquare's map, the premise is much the same: a live map shows check-ins by state, although it doesn't run automatically the way Facebook's map does.

Real-time ... Facebook's voting map.
Real-time ... Facebook's voting map. 

Foursquare also has a special badge for Election Day. Anybody who checks in to a polling place gets the "I Voted" 2012 edition badge:

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