The primary reason why people who are eligible to vote, don’t vote, is solved by online and mobile voting. Mobile voting makes voting easier and more accessible for a significant proportion of the population thereby increasing voter engagement. As many recent articles have highlighted, the aging voting infrastructure we use is not good for the national perception of the health of our democracy.
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
People genuinely want and intend to vote, but sadly many still don’t get to the polls. This is in large part due to an inability of voters to physically make it to polls on election day. The reasons for this vary greatly:
- illness or disability
- being out of town for work or travel
- conflicting schedules
- transportation problems
- bad weather conditions
- inconvenient polling places
– whatever the specific reason may be, not being able to make it to the polls is the primary reason why people didn’t vote. By offering voters the ability to vote online, the gap between intent to vote and actual turnout rates will close because this alternative voting channel largely solves those issues.
Most people seemed to have a balanced view of the convenience and accessibility of online voting with the security vulnerabilities it presents. So, while we firmly believe that online voting can improve voter turnout, we think this will only happen if people trust the system AND election officials are convinced that the voting systems can’t be compromised.