Obama turns to Reddit for last-minute votes


With just a few hours left in the election, President Obama turned back to Reddit in a last-minute plea for votes.

Obama made headlines in August when he used Reddit, an up-and-coming social news site, to interact with young, tech savvy voters in a question-and-answer session. On Tuesday, he went back to Reddit to remind readers to vote.

“I’m checking in because polls will start closing in this election in just a few hours, and I need you to vote,” Obama said on Reddit, the self-proclaimed “front page of the Internet.”


“If you’ve voted already, don’t stop there -- spread the word to your friends, roommates and neighbors. Think of it as upvoting,” Obama said, referencing Reddit’s “upvote” feature that lets users vote on what they consider the most important news.

Last time Obama used Reddit, more than 200,000 users checked in on the webpage for the question-and-answer session at the same time -- blowing past Reddit’s previous record.

The thread created today by Obama received nearly 400 comments in less than 25 minutes. Many users commented with support while a few vouched for Obama’s opponent, Mitt Romney.

Meanwhile in other parts of the Web, Romney used Twitter to keep directing voters to a page on his campaign site with information on the election and where to vote.

“With your help, we will turn our country around and get America back on the path to prosperity,” Romney tweeted around 3 p.m. “Please vote today.”


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