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Election day and social media getting young people to vote

Posted at 5:47 PM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 17:59:24-05

You are probably seeing a lot of selfies from voters today!

Does it instill a patriotic "fear of missing out"?

Social media companies hope so... As they try new initiatives to increase voter turnout.

Facebook has special features today...

Including an election day message in the news feed...

And users will have the option to share with their facebook friends that they voted.

There's also a "2018 election" tab to learn about candidates and find polling locations.

Instagram users can add an "I voted" sticker to posts in their stories for election day.

The sticker is linked to a nonpartisan site as a way to help friends find out voter information.

Instagram is compiling those posts in a "We voted" story that shows all of the posts from friends that have used the sticker.

Today, Snapchat sent out an election day message to users over 18 reminding them to vote.

Snapchat also added polling locations to its "Snap map" feature, which had more than 100 million monthly users earlier this year.

Users can post about election day using a special filter or a number of themed stickers.

But, as a friendly reminder to social media users....

It's illegal to post a picture with your ballot in most states... So stick to a selfie with your "I voted" sticker!

Social media could be a factor in voter turnout for young people, who are expected to vote in record numbers this year.

Less than 20% of 18 to 29-year-olds make it to the polls in the last midterm election.

This year... 40% of 18- to 29-year-olds say they will "definitely vote", according to the Harvard Institute of Politics' National Youth Poll.