We need to make voting simpler and more accessible. And that’s where smartphones come in.
As of March, my organization has been involved with nine successful pilot projects using smartphone voting in local and state elections. In 2019, Utah’s oldest resident, a 107-year-old woman, was able to use a secure app on an iPad to vote in municipal elections from her home.
Security is a big concern when it comes to mobile voting. That’s why it’s important to have government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and independent security firms continue to test this technology in local elections. We need to find vulnerabilities in advance, so the security of large elections isn’t compromised.
Mobile voting should not replace traditional forms of voting, but it should be an option. If we want to increase participation in our democracy, we need to bring voting into the 21st century.
CEO & Founder, Tusk Philanthropies