Wednesday, September 03, 2008

California considering allowing online voter registration

Online voting has already become reality in some parts of the world, with the Estonian online election heralding the possibility of using the speed of online to expand citizen franchise from electing representatives every three to eight years, to voting on major legislative changes on a far more regular basis.

As reported in a Sign On San Diego article, Calif. may allow online voter registration, California is considering the first step of the shift to online elections, looking into allowing online voter registration, at least for voters who have signatures on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles for driver's licenses or identification cards.

Given the low participation in US elections, California sees this as both a cost-saving and a participation raising activity.

Here in Australia, where compulsory voting has resulted in an complex and increasingly expensive voting framework (which does work very well), we've not yet taken a serious step into online voting - however I expect it will only be a matter of time.

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