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1 Million People in Seattle Area Will be First to Vote With Their Smartphones

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Voting from smartphones has finally been made possible for roughly 1.2 million Seattle-area voters. They can now vote from their smartphones for a district election that opened Wednesday as part of a pilot mobile voting option aimed at increasing voter turnout.

According to The Verge, the program is a collaboration between King County Elections; the county’s conservation district; mobile-voting nonprofit Tusk Philanthropies; the National Cybersecurity Center; and Democracy Live, a technology firm that develops electronic balloting.

“The more people vote, the more government reflects the will of the people. That’s why today’s announcement is so historic,” explained Bradley Tusk, founder and CEO of Tusk Philosophies in an interview with Fox News. “1.2 million people can now vote securely on their phones. It’s the biggest innovation in democracy in years and we are extremely grateful to King Conservation District for making it happen.”

Covering Seattle and 30 other suburbs, King Conservation District initially made mobile voting an option during the district’s Board of Supervisors election, which ends on February 11, 2020. Of course, voters can still cast a ballot traditionally if they choose.

And although this is the first time in history that eligible votes can be cast via smartphone in Washington state, there are five other states that have already allowed certain voters like veterans to vote from their smartphones.

“We are proud to partner with King Conservation District as they pilot this mobile voting technology,” King County Director of Elections Julie Wise said in a statement. “It will be easier than ever for voters to access their Conservation District ballot and cast their vote.”

But, what do you think? Should we allow people to case via smartphone? Sound off in the comment section below or on Facebook.

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    January 25, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    I think this is just another way to have voter fraud. Anyone can get a cell phone. You must be a American citizen to vote.

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      January 25, 2020 at 2:52 PM

      Exactly, but….. isn’t that the whole idea?

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    Robert Mason

    January 25, 2020 at 2:13 PM

    I think this is not ready yet. this cannot even be guaranteed to be even 50% secure no matter what they tell you. this system is going to be the easiest to manipulate to date. just another way the elites can control the system.

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    Patricia A Sage

    January 25, 2020 at 4:03 PM

    This is just another way for the “stupid virus” and the “idiot epidemic” to keep spreading! Created by the virus carriers, the Democrats! Another way to “cheat” at winning an election by allowing non citizens and felons an easier way to vote.

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