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The registration application was developed by the state of Washington, Facebook and Microsoft

The state of Washington will be the first to offer a voter registration option on Facebook as soon as next week.
Washington state citizens will soon have the option to register to vote on Facebook via an application on the Secretary of State's Facebook page. The application was developed by the state of Washington, Facebook and Microsoft. 
"In this age of social media and more people going online for services, this is a natural way to introduce people to online registration and leverage the power of friends on Facebook to get more people registered," said Shane Hamlin, co-director of elections. 
Here's how it works: Washington residents go to the secretary of state's Facebook page and click on the registration application. They will agree to let Facebook access their information, and their name and date of birth will be added automatically to their registration form. Then, residents will have to provide a driver's license or state ID number. 
In addition to registering to vote, Washington state citizens can obtain information on candidates to help them make voting-related decisions. 
"We are excited that citizens in Washington state will be able to register to vote and review useful voting information on Facebook," said Andrew Noyes, Facebook spokesman. 
For those worried about Facebook accessing private information for the voter registration form, it's been noted that Facebook doesn't have access to the state's database. The only information Facebook uses is your name and date of birth. 
The Washington state voter registration form on Facebook is expected to launch next week. 

Source: The Orange County Register

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By Brandon Hill on 7/18/2012 4:42:54 PM , Rating: 5
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By Reclaimer77 on 7/18/2012 4:44:37 PM , Rating: 3
hahaha. Brilliant, funny, and truthful.

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By room200 on 7/18/12, Rating: -1
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By Reclaimer77 on 7/18/2012 8:03:47 PM , Rating: 4
Wait, asking for photo ID, something EVERY person should have who goes to vote, is taking away rights?

You can't even get a goddamn library card without a photo ID, and you want to screw around with elections by opening the door to rampant voter fraud?

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By FITCamaro on 7/19/2012 7:51:11 AM , Rating: 3
Of course. Don't you know that asking for ID is racist when voting. It's not when you're buying alcohol, prescription drugs, getting pulled over, getting into a night club, or any other number of things you get IDed for. Just voting.

Or is it a poll tax?

Liberals have so many excuses to help themselves commit voter fraud I've lost track of which one they're currently on.

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By maugrimtr on 7/19/12, Rating: 0
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By tharik on 7/19/2012 10:08:48 AM , Rating: 2
at maugrimtr

Why don't you read! He said opening the door to rampant fraud, he did not say there has been rampant fraud.

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2012 10:31:09 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly. Although Democrats are no stranger to voter fraud. Just look at Al Franken and his stolen election. Al Gores blatant attempt to change the results of the Presidential election, and as someone mentioned before ACORN.

Democrats wouldn't be pushing for these lax voter ID schemes if they didn't have something to gain.

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By MrBlastman on 7/19/2012 12:01:14 PM , Rating: 1
You're not looking at the issue correctly.

There _is_ fraud in voting and the cheating is being done by every single citizen. The fraud is how little people pay attention to the important issues, filtering through the noise and afterwards, use their minds to form their own opinion (not what they were told to think) and vote intelligently.

This, this is the true fraud.

It is a massive crime that far outweighs all but the most heinous of crimes. Wait, it IS the most heinous of crimes as we all suffer because of it.

Going to the polls is like pulling the trigger of a loaded gun. You darn well better be absolutely sure of what you're pointing at before you squeeze--or in this case, check on that ballot.

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By quiksilvr on 7/19/2012 11:13:03 AM , Rating: 3

REGISTER. REGISTER to vote. Not online voting. After you register via Facebook, you still need to write your driver's license number which will cross reference and ensure NO FRAUD occurs.

The point of this is to make registration easier and more integrated on social media, which will increase voter turnout for youths, something we desperately need.

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2012 11:27:23 AM , Rating: 3
Voting is a big responsibility. It was never supposed to be "easier". And the youth are typically VERY poorly informed people. Do we really "desperately need" more of them voting? The Democrat party sure wants them for just that reason. But if they really couldn't be bothered to take the five minutes to go and get registered, how much value are they placing in the process?

And how can you claim "no fraud" could occur with this? You haven't been paying much attention have you? ANYONE can get a license number these days, illegal immigrants can.

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By room200 on 7/19/2012 9:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
And the youth are typically VERY poorly informed people. Do we really "desperately need" more of them voting?

And there you go. Wanting to take away the right of people to vote who don't agree with you because YOU feel they're not worthy.

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By DFSolley on 7/20/2012 10:57:44 AM , Rating: 2
How is pointing out that those who are uninformed shouldn't be encouraged to vote taking away their right to vote? Just because someone points out that something isn't desired doesn't mean they want a law.

I wish that those who think that all of their opinions should be enforced by law wouldn't vote.

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/20/2012 11:32:39 AM , Rating: 1
Well that's what Liberals do. If you have concerns about voter fraud, you want to take rights away. If we have concerns about Obamacare, we're taking away other rights. If we don't want an ever increasing entitlement state, we're just racist and selfish people.

Liberals "win" lots of arguments because they instantly go on the attack with emotionally charge insults and rhetoric so that you're immediately put on the defensive. So that the argument is no longer on the issues, but about defending yourself. Most people will just cave right there, because nobody really likes to be put in that position.

I've made no statement or suggested no course of action that would "take away the right" of someone to vote. As a Conservative, I would be very against such a thing.

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By kattanna on 7/19/2012 11:49:07 AM , Rating: 2
REGISTER. REGISTER to vote. Not online voting. After you register via Facebook, you still need to write your driver's license number

LOL.. I guess all these other people are unaware you can already register online in most states to vote.. washington is just the first to integrate it into facebook

while I have no desire to ever have a facebook account of my own, this I can see is a useful thing for those that do.

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By MrBlastman on 7/19/2012 12:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
The point of this is to make registration easier and more integrated on social media, which will increase voter turnout for youths, something we desperately need.

Just because they register doesn't mean they are going to vote. If they can't march their tail down to wherever, or track down the needed paperwork to sign up--how on earth do you think they're going to have the initiative to find out where their polling place is and show up on voting day?

It is pathetic to suggest they need "social media" to sign up to vote.

People have died for our right to do this. If they care enough about it, they'll find a way to register and it doesn't need to involve something like Facebook to do it. The current registration system works great.

The thing that vexes me is Facebook can use this to keep tabs--more tabs... on what people are doing. Facebook involved with Politics--think about it! It is already dangerous enough that they know so much about everyone through what they post on the site. Now they are learning about who votes and who doesn't... and maybe more in the future?

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By overlandpark4me on 7/22/2012 1:20:34 AM , Rating: 2
Except the people in the cartoon (except one) are all white. Reverse it, THEN it will be the truth

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By vanionBB on 7/18/2012 4:44:50 PM , Rating: 3
What could possibly go wrong?

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By GotThumbs on 7/19/2012 11:45:13 AM , Rating: 3
The biggest point EVERYONE seems to be missing why is a state government office endorsing the use of FaceBook (A publicly traded co) for accessing state government resources?

Is it the idea that the people who will use this service....are too stupid to go to the states website and enter the information on thier own?

Why go to:

when you can got to (they could use a better address, but its shorter. You can even google, bing or whatever search engine you find the site.

I'm sure FB is LOVE, LOVE, LOVING this entrenchment in state government business. It helps to cement FB's existence in government and federal process and helps justify FaceBooks recording/storing your personal information. Soon everyone in Washington State will be required to have a state government mandated State ID AND FaceBook account. This

I'm just dumbfounded how wrong this idea is and yet its up and running.

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By TSS on 7/19/2012 2:11:35 PM , Rating: 2
Cause the company paid off some senators?

Just saying that's the most likely awnser. I mean who in their right mind can read the title of this article and still belive that the US is a functioning republic, or even democracy?

He who spends most, wins.

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2012 3:40:57 PM , Rating: 2
Let's not be hasty there. It could be they picked FB simply because of it's popularity and impact.

I don't agree with being able to register on social media, for the obvious doors to abuse it opens, but I don't see how it makes us not a republic or democracy anymore.

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