US POLITICS

Amazon’s Alexa Is Here To Answer All Your Burning Election Questions

Still figuring out who to vote for? Yell at your Echo speaker!

US POLITICS
Photo Illustration: Tara Jacoby
Oct 19, 2016 at 7:56 PM ET

People ask their Amazon Echo about all sorts of weird things, so it only makes sense they’d be pestering Alexa for answers about the election too. And just in time for the third (and final) debate, the company updated the voice assitant with new commands so it can now field your urgent Trump and Clinton queries.

Amazon says that people have asked Alexa millions of political questions since the first debate, most of which pertain to news about the candidates. But the sixth most popular question asked was “Who should I vote for?” (Perhaps that’s a sign that we’re becoming a little too reliant on machines.)

In any case, this update won’t allow Alexa to dictate your vote directly, but it will empower her to tell you what you need to know. You can start by asking basic questions about the debate (when, where, what channel, and eventually who won) and then get updates in the lead up to the general election. On election night, it’ll be able to tell you who’s leading in the polls, who’s winning which states, and who’s leading the overall popular vote. Not only will this be extra convenient, but instead of having to watch TV, you can now spend the evening curled up in the fetal position, shouting occasionally into the void for updates.

And let’s just hope they’ve prepared Alexa to answer what could be the most pressing question on November 9th: “How do I move to Canada?”