Online Voting: Can People of Washington Really Register To Vote Using Facebook?
Registration for voting process seems to be one of the reason many people tend to avoid voting. Voting is the most important right that we can exercise and it is downright important that a person shows up to exercise this right. Unfortunately, many young adults tend to avoid this for many reasons and the primary reason being the voting registration process. The entire registration for voting process is a very cumbersome and slow process that just about turns off most of the young adult voters. They want it quick and they want it done fast. Washington State has come up with a smart solution to solve this problem. It is simple and has a lot of potential. The process is that these young voters can do voting registration online through Facebook. As their votes are very important to the vote bank, why not go to a place where these youth spend most of their day.
Microsoft has already designed an app that will put the online voter registration system onto the voter’s Facebook page, where the app will then fill most of the boxes with the data stored in the voter’s Facebook account. This would certainly help or give the necessary push to the young voter to go ahead and cast his or her vote. While some candidates are also advertising their candidacies through Facebook, it just proves that voting via Facebook or via the social media is going to be an important part of the future voting process. It not only gives the candidates access to many possible voters but it also does not cost as much as television adverts do.
However, it is believed that Washington has already made the jump to voting by mail and nobody has to go to a booth and vote, unless of course they chose to do it. Many people are already voting by mail because of the convenience and it is also a saving for the state. Additionally, a voter can also opt to register to vote online at the State of Washington website. Therefore, registering and voting via Facebook is not that much of a leap. Most likely, within the next ten years, most people would be opting to vote online as that would not only cost less but would also be more convenient.
It is evident that the new generation would do everything they can via the internet and as time goes most of us would get used to doing things on the internet. As voting is an important right, it is necessary that young people’s voice be heard and what better way do that than voting via Facebook. These people would be the future and they are the ones who will make a difference in the years to come. Naturally, there are fears of online voting fraud and it is evident that online security also will evolve with time and it is just a matter of keeping up with the times.
Fighting evolution will only result in failure and whether one opts to not vote online is entirely a personal choice. This however is not going to change the evolutionary process and technology would only rise up to the challenge. I don’t think the day is too far when people will be able to vote using the social media. I’m certain a lot more people would actually vote if they have the option to vote online instead of driving to some school or college so as to cast their vote.
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