Not surprisingly, searches related to voting are increasing on Google, with the 2012 presidential election just days away.
It always makes me sad to see searches for “register to vote” that seems to be coming just a bit too late. Look at this chart, which shows searches in my home state of California:
Bollucks! Voter registration for the November 6th election closed in California on October 22nd. To all those Google searchers on the 23rd: my condolences!
Here’s a comparison of search volume for the term “early voting” in various locations. From a quick glance at a variety of states, it certainly looks like battleground states have a stronger interest in early voting than others. And from this chart – North Carolina, you are rockin’ it!
I also noticed that Romney’s campaign is sponsoring a paid Google ad in Nevada that triggers when searching for the phrase “vote early”, as seen here:
(Funny, he’s not sponsoring “vote early” in my state of California… I wonder why? )
Here’s a quick rundown of which states show Romney Google ads for “vote early”
- Florida: No Romney
- Wisconsin: No Romney
- Ohio: No Romney
- Wisconsin: No Romney.
- Nevada: Romney
- New Hampshire: No Romney.
- Virginia: No Romney.
- Colorado: No Romney.
Odd, isn’t it? Why did Nevada get singled out for Romney’s early voting ad among the swing states? And why isn’t Obama in the mix at all?