Washington state to allow voter registration on Facebook

According to a new report from The Associated Press, residents of Washington state will soon be able to register to vote via Facebook. The state's Facebook page will feature an interactive application that will allow Facebook users to register to vote, "like" the application and share it with other users.

Washington, which has offered online voting registration since 2008, will become the first state to allow voter registration on the social network.

The voter registration project has been a collaborative effort between the state, Facebook and Microsoft since last fall, according to the report. None of the information users submit will go to Facebook, however. Instead it will go directly to the state, which also provide its "My Vote" database to the service. The application will pull relevant information from a user's Facebook profile, such as a user's name and date of birth. Users will still have to provide their driver's license number or state ID card number to register.

Shane Hamlin, Washington's co-director of elections, said users don't have to worry about Facebook collecting information. "You are giving your information to us, not Facebook," he told The Associated Press.

ArsTechnica also talked with Hamlin, who said the application could be ready as soon as next week, although it could launch later. Hamlin told the site that voter registration via Facebook is cheaper than other methods and that the application could potentially come to other states, if they're interested.

"It saves the county $0.50 to $2 per registration and saves the state $0.25 per registration, as of 2009," Hamlin told the site. "If this works as we expect, Facebook and Microsoft will be more than happy to work with any other state that has online registration."

Currently, only Washington and 12 other states provide online voter registration. In addition to soon becoming the first state to allow voter registration through Facebook, Washington was also the first state to allow online voter registration.

Via: ArsTechnica
Source: The Associated Press

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Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I think it's a smart move. Modernize the voting process.
Lets modernize the toilet while we're at it. It measures the size, color, consistency, and odor. Then posts a picture with the info on your Facebook profile every time you use it.

KCRic said,
Lets modernize the toilet while we're at it. It measures the size, color, consistency, and odor. Then posts a picture with the info on your Facebook profile every time you use it.

Not sure what point you were trying to convey...

What a STUPID idea... I'm getting tired of Facebook shoved into my face for everything. I don't have one and never will and if it turns into a requirement in the future I'll toss my damn computer out the window and say the hell with society.

Just waiting for the Stasi to show up at my front door because I voted for the wrong political party. And they told me it was anonymous...

Izlude said,
More windows for voter fraud? Hackable results? Counterfeit citizens?
No, they've got that all figured out. Just like the national budg.... oh, never mind. Yeah I'm going to agree with you on this one.

Skwerl said,
Oh goodie. Now more lazy douches can vote about things they don't know d*ck about.

lol.. do you really hate democracy that much??

on facebook ?! ?! OMG ... I think its a trouble, mixing SocialNetworks with Politics, knowing that facebook isn't crystal-clear of what is done with data.

Fayker said,
on facebook ?! ?! OMG ... I think its a trouble, mixing SocialNetworks with Politics, knowing that facebook isn't crystal-clear of what is done with data.

Do you think that politics as they are now are crystal clear? They have been manipulated before the discovery of steam power... even before the unification of China.