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Today, King Conservation District officials announced that some 1.2 million residents in the Seattle area will be able to use their smartphones to vote in an upcoming election, a first in American history.
Eligible voters can access ballots for a board of supervisors election by using their name and birth date to log in to a customized web page designed for smartphone browsers
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The mobile web page will record all of their votes and let them submit their completed ballots starting today and going through February 11th.
The project is being funded by Tusk Philanthropies, a non-profit advocating for mobile voting as a way to help boost America’s low voter turnout numbers.
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‘This is the most fundamentally transformative reform you can do in democracy,’ Tusk CEO Bradley Tusk told NPR.
Only around 55 percent of the eligible American population cast votes in the 2016 election, and in King Conservation District, only around one percent participate in local elections.
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‘If you can use technology to exponentially increase turnout, then that will ultimately dictate how politicians behave on every issue,’ Tusk said.
The actual voting page was developed by Democracy Live, a tech company in Seattle that sells a variety of computer and tablet interfaces intended for elections.
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In a video promoting an earlier product, called LiveBallot, the company says mobile voting can help people learn more about candidates and issues by having access...
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