Hillary Clinton campaign uses Pokemon Go to register Philly voters

The app is super popular. but will it get Hillary more votes in this battleground state?

Via @joshdrogers and @melaniedrose on Twitter

If you’re a Pokemon Go player aimlessly looking around for Charizard and decided to check out a Pokestop or a Pokemon Gym this weekend, you might find something else, too: A volunteer for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Clinton staffers and organizers across America are hitting up Pokemon Gyms and Pokestops, which are physical places marked in the Pokemon Go app as hotspots that are often located at important cultural spots like statues and public buildings. In Philly, they’re at places like City Hall, Washington Square Park, The Gallery and Reading Terminal Market.

Once there, the organizers are finding other people who are playing the game, then offering to register them to vote and providing information about their candidate of choice. And Philadelphia is no exception.

As part of the Clinton campaign’s “Weekend of Action,” staffers and organizers say they’ll be hitting up Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania this weekend to register voters and provide educational materials about Clinton.

These efforts have already taken place in other areas in Pennsylvania:

Clinton herself made a joke during a campaign stop in Virginia on Thursday about getting “Pokemon Go… to the polls.” Watch it here:

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