Google’s Election Centre led 700,000 Americans to the wrong polling stations for Election Day yesterday, potentially skewing results in what was a hotly-contested election.
“If you’re being sent to the wrong polling place, it’s a pretty big deal, especially if it’s toward the end of the day, and especially if it’s an election that’s closely contested like 2010,” said John Phillips, CEO of political technology firm Aristotle, one of a number of companies who discovered the problem.
Phillips was speaking in an interview with Politico, where it was revealed that as much as 700,000 people could have been sent to the wrong voting stations through the Google application.
Fast Company also discovered the problem, but it believes that the number affected may be much higher, citing the widespread availability of the Google Election Centre embedded on websites.
Aaron Zamost, a Google spokesperson, said that the company is trying to fix the problem and ensure the information on its application is up-to-date.
It’s important to point out that Artistotle is a competitor to Google with its Whereivote.com product, so it is far from unbiased, but it still doesn’t escape the fact that Google has openly admitted that it messed up, which is something it’s getting quite used to lately.