If a state is going to propose such a cut, then the voters need to be included some other way rather than funneling them all into a few spots across the state.
The state of Utah incorporated online voting for the first time last night during its GOP caucus and besides the occasional glitch, the experiment was successful.
This is what more states should be doing in order to get more people to vote, especially millennials.
We already do so much on the Internet and on our smart devices, so why not sit back and turn the TV on while you vote on your laptop or phone?
All that is needed is a government contracted encrypted website and server. That way people can enter their voter registration number, social security and date of birth in order to confirm their citizenship and identification.
The same is already done for other government programs such as healthcare.gov and state voter registration sites.
Obama: US Government working towards ‘safe, secure, and smart systems’ of online voting https://t.co/VFhj6DkylL via AEA-Elections.…— FDM plc (@FDMplc) March 14, 2016
Online voting would open the door to record voter turnout numbers, appealing to younger voters by allowing them to simply get on their computers or mobile devices and vote.
Several thousand voters were turned away from polling places because they arrived either too late or because they didn't want to wait in the long lines.
Online voting eliminates that problem and even allows working citizens to vote from their workplace if they have access to a computer or a smart phone.
The U.S.A. is long overdue for state/federal voting holidays - two consecutive days would be good for worker flexibility + online voting— Robert Heron (@robertheron) March 23, 2016
Results could be counted quicker allowing a bigger window of time for voters to get their choices in that day.
This would also eliminate many other problems concerning racial bias or issues preventing voters from getting to polling places.
Even if some voters don’t have access to a phone, computer or even the Internet, some polling stations would still be open to allow voting the "old fashioned" way.
If the rest of the world is changing then our election system should be able to change with it.
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