Washington State Residents Can Register to Vote on Facebook
July 18, 2012 4:18 PM
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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.
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7/19/2012 11:45:13 AM
The biggest point EVERYONE seems to be missing
...is..... 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 use...to 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.
7/19/2012 2:11:35 PM
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.
7/19/2012 3:40:57 PM
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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