(New Scientist) DESPITE perennial efforts to "get out the vote", voter turnout in the US remains low - just 60 per cent in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. The main excuse is that getting to polling stations is too inconvenient. But with smartphones and computers at everyone's fingertips, why can't people vote online?
In a few local races, they can. In 2009, Honolulu held the nation's first "all-digital" election for city administrators. Each voter received a passcode to allow them into a website where they could cast their ballot electronically. This year, for the first time, Google and Facebook have started allowing voters to register through their sites.
But online voting remains illegal for state and federal elections, mostly due to security concerns.
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