The United States government is not one to take full advantage of technology, at least when it comes to voting. Many places still preferring pencil and paper, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Facebook investor Ron Conway took advantage of some 21st century technology in the form of iPads. California has recently started allowing online voting registration, so the iPad is a perfect choice to hop online and quickly fill out your information. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen told the San Francisco Chronicle that they expect more people to begin registering with this new method:
I do think we’ll have more people registering, particularly eligible voters under 30 who are just used to doing things online. And it makes it easier to ask friends and family to register. All you have to do is e-mail them a link – you don’t have to carry around a pile of forms.
iDownloadBlog pointed out that this isn’t the first time iPads have made an appearance in the political voting scene, stating that back in 2011 voters in Oregon were able to choose a candidate in a special primary election. The voting scene needs this sort of stimulation, as an increase in paper forms have simply caused an inverse decrease in turnout. Many people nowadays, especially of the younger generation, are used to doing things online. This just gives them an easier, faster way to do so.
What do you think? Have you registered to vote using an online method? Do you wish more states would take to this? Should states allow you to vote via iPads? Let us know in the comments.