Google announced Tuesday that it would inject itself into the November election by making it easier for users to find state-by-state instructions on how to vote.
"Whether you're a first-time voter, a resident in a new state, or your state laws have changed since the last time you voted, you can now come to Google for information on how to vote in the upcoming election," the site explained in a blog post.
By typing "How to vote" into Google's search engine, users will be given a list of instructions for casting their ballot, complete with different tabs for deadlines, requirements, and mail-in guidelines for their state.
The site said it wanted to make it "easy for people to find information and have their voices heard in November," and added that data on how users interact with the feature would be made publicly available to nonprofits and organizations seeking to promote "voter education."
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The site has come under fire on several occasions in recent months over allegations of bias towards Democrats. The site this year displayed a large picture of Hillary Clinton when users searched for the election date, though it was removed after users pointed it out. Its "autocomplete" function also works in a manner more favorable to politicians than other search engines by seeking to scrub any negative content from suggestions, though the site insists it performs the service on a bipartisan basis.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has also referred to Google as Hillary Clinton's "secret weapon," claiming the site is "directly engaged" in helping Clinton's campaign.