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Election Night on Instagram

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Last night, immediately following the projection that Barack Obama had won a second term as President of the United States, the number of Instagram photos uploaded each second surged to 2.1x the normal rate.

People from around the United States tagged more than 100,000 photos with #IVoted, and 150,000 photos with #election2012, allowing folks to share their own—and tune into others’—election night experience in real-time.

The intimacy and immediacy of the Instagram experience has fostered new and meaningful connections across the globe, whether it’s looking through the lens of a family member across town, or a favorite candidate barnstorming across the nation. We love watching people share photos in new and interesting ways, and we’re excited about the potential Instagram has to bring us all closer together.

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It’s Election Day!

Not sure where to vote? Find your polling place by entering your address at Vote411.org.

After nearly two years of campaigning, Election Day is finally here! While millions have already cast their ballots, most Americans will head to the polls today. Are you one of them? We hope so!

After casting your ballot, share a photo, and encourage others to vote as well! Tag your photo with #IVoted, and for a chance to be highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, ABC, and the New York Times, add the #WSJvote, #YourVote and #NYTelection tags!

Learn more about the candidates and issues at votesmart.org, and revisit photos from the Republican and Democratic Conventions.