The Votes Are In: Bing, Internet Explorer, & CNN Partner for 2014 Elections

For the 2014 elections, Bing wants to provide all Americans with an educational opportunity. To do so, the search engine has formed a partnership with Internet Explorer and CNN that could in fact be a game-changer.

What are some of the features included in Bing’s new venture? 

U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and Governor Predictions

As part of Bing’s BETA Elections & Voter Guide, users can get a sense of whether their state is leaning toward a Republican or Democratic candidate, learn political trivia, and find their nearest voting location.

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Additionally, users can create a “ballot” to track the candidates they want to watch closely.

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Bing Pulse Through 2016

For both the 2014 and 2016 elections, Bing Pulse will be a resource for viewers that want to participate. It will allow users to provide real-time feedback on political events and “vote” on reactions to what is happening in live debates.

Below is an example of the Florida gubernatorial debate that took place on Tuesday, October 21. As you can see, users identify which party they side with and vote on a scale from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” throughout the broadcast. Also present is a Twitter stream that shows tweets related to the topic at hand. In this case it was the hashtag #FLDebate.

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Magic Wall

CNN chief national correspondent John King uses a multi-touch collaboration wall that has been dubbed the “Magic Wall.” Apparently, the wall has received a significant upgrade and CNN in partnership with Internet Explorer has launched a website that can be used in unison with broadcasts. The website allows users to explore segments of different hot topics such as immigration and state-by-state battles for the Senate.

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The 2014 elections are without question the most interactive we have seen to date. Bing, CNN, and Internet Explorer have partnered in a way that will draw in those already in tune with U.S. politics as well as those who may not have interacted or voted in years prior.

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