Google helps the political get active with Map Your Representatives

It’s safe to say that US citizens live in a time of extreme political dissatisfaction, but in order to change that they need to know who to take to task. A new web tool called Map Your Representatives does just that. Users type in their address or zip code, and the site pulls up a list of their elected officials in a sleek, polished interface — starting with local representatives and running all the way up to the residents of the White House.

Built by UK design firm Bow & Arrow, it’s a demonstration of the power of Google’s Civic Information API (the company counts the search giant as a client). The API originally launched back in 2012, when it was geared towards providing information on polling places in anticipation of the…

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