This year, Foursquare is encouraging your election participation with the introduction of a limited-edition “I Voted” badge. To earn the badge, simply run down to your local polling place, cast your ballot, and check into Foursquare with the hashtag #ivoted. Follow those tips and you’ll receive your handy dandy election badge. And you’ll be so proud. And we’ll be so proud.

Afterward, make sure to check out the Foursquare elections site to see check-ins from across the country. The website will host real-time interactive maps and information such as the total number of updates with the #ivoted hashtag, the most popular places where Foursquare users are voting, and other breakdowns like the gender of those who voted. The website will go live tomorrow, November 2nd.

“The project demonstrates the power of location-based social networking websites (and all social media sites) to drive civic engagement.”

To pull this off, organizations such as Google, Rock the Vote, Pew Center, and Foursquare partnered up and gathered data from 107,000 polling places. The project demonstrates the power of location-based social networking websites (and all social media sites) to drive civic engagement. Previously, for the 2008 elections, Twitter’s #VoteReport also demonstrated this power through a platform that gathered tweets and allowed voters to share their experiences and resources with one another.

Will you be a proud “I Voted” badge holder?

Join the discussion 7 Comments

  • bcoop2 says:

    IS IT SAD THAT I WANT TO VOTE JUST TO GET THE BADGE??????

  • Nicole says:

    This is a very good idea. I like that Foursquare’s getting in on this. It will be nice to see what other things they come up with later on.

    • I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  • Grace S. says:

    Facebook has that “i voted” button on the homepage today that tells you how many people have voted and how many of your friends have voted too.

  • Ty says:

    i will be a proud badge holder. hope you all come out and vote.

  • heper says:

    Superb blog post, I have book marked this site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future!