Election Day may still be more than two months away, but Microsoft announced some efforts today to get more young people informed about this upcoming election. And their medium of choice to convey this message? Xbox, of course.

Sorry, but you won’t be able to vote for Master Chief.

“Election 2012” on Xbox Live will be an “immersive and interactive experience,” filled with election-related content including live broadcasts of presidential debates; voter registration info; open forums and town halls; data on the candidates and their positions on important topics; and more.

One of the largest Xbox events on the campaigns will be the “Conversations with the Next Generation” live town halls developed with The Atlantic and National Journal. The town halls will be moderated by NBC News correspondents Chuck Todd (he of the sad facial hair) and Chelsea Clinton. Xbox Live users can view these town hall events, which will take place during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, both from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PT.

Xbox Live users can continue to follow the election noise until Nov. 6. The ongoing coverage will include opinion polls of Xbox users and full coverage of election night. Users will also be able to rate the candidates’ performances during live debates in real time and see how their other Xbox brethren respond. We can see the comments already: “Mitt, alien or robot? You decide.”

Ready to get your election on? Election 2012 on Xbox LIVE coverage kicks off for Xbox 360 owners on Monday, Aug. 27.

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  • guest

    I’ve seen several pre-announcements like this from MS lately in the Xbox/TV space. Seems like MS has belatedly realized that beating Sony and Nintendo didn’t wrap up the livingroom for them as they had thought. And indeed MS’s lack of speed in broadening Xbox beyond gaming has left the livingroom wide open to Apple, who is already having success there via ATV, iPhones, iPads, and their Mac streaming solutions, but is poised to make a much more serious bid with their new announcements. This seems to be an effort to slow the Apple train down. But I expect that a year post launch, Apple will be well on its way to wiping out another MS ten-year head start, just like they did in phones and tablets previously. And like those, it will be profitable for Apple within six months, not lose money over a thirteen year span like Xbox has.

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