One Key Thing
At this session, Why Hasn’t the Internet Made Voting Awesome?, we talked about the future of voting. Although I knew that America has a disparagingly low voter turnout, I was unaware of the actual statistics. There are 168 recurring democracies in the world, and in terms of voter turnout, The United States ranks at 138. This is bad.
The problem lies in the fact that voting is inconvenient for the way that our world works today. The original system of voting (occurring on Tuesdays only) was implemented in the early 19th century, when Tuesday was the day that a man would go into town to go about his business.
My one Key Thing was that we need to solve the Tuesday problem.
It is so important to get out and vote for your local leaders. Even if you feel disenchanted with the political system and the way that things are run, you need to go out and do something. The panelists, Paul Schreiber and Seth Flaxman have devised a system that makes it easy to vote and register from home.
They send voters a completed ballot request form for their state and an addressed, postage-paid envelope. When the request form arrives, all you do is simply sign it and put it in the mail. Your local election board will receive the request and send you a ballot.
They send text and email reminders so you don’t miss elections and partners with colleges and universities to get the message out.
Check out TurboVote and make voting in this year’s election “as easy as renting a DVD from Netflix.”
— Contributed by Stephanie Ignacio