Because our Democracy is in Crisis
Our government is dysfunctional because it’s so polarized. It’s so polarized because so few people vote when it counts.
For many politicians, policy decisions are based on what impacts their next election – and little else. In a world where the average turnout in primaries is less than 20%, no one should be surprised that most legislators and policymakers are hostages of either the far left or far right.
The only solution is to dramatically increase turnout in all elections. That can only come about by making it dramatically easier to vote. It comes from mobile voting.
For a Less Extreme Electorate
When voting is hard, only the most engaged vote – which means our elections are dominated by activists on either side.
Imagine you’re a Republican Congressman from Florida. Privately, you know an assault weapons ban makes sense. But turnout in your primary is 12%. And half of those voters are NRA members. Because of gerrymandering, the primary effectively is the general election. You may want to vote for an assault weapons ban but you won’t, because it’d cost you the next election.
But what if turnout in your primary was 60% instead of 12%?
Then the political logic flips and you’d support the mainstream view. If we want different policy outputs, we have to change the election inputs. In and of itself, mobile voting doesn’t solve anything. But if we embrace it, it puts us in a position to solve everything.
Mobile voting is the next step to make voting easier.
We know the technology exists. It’s time to make the future of voting a reality today.
Think about what we do on our phones every day. Talk to loved ones. Conduct business. Buy toothpaste. Transfer money. Shouldn’t we be able to use that same technology to vote? Since 2018, mobile voting has been used in hundreds of jurisdictions across ten states. If we want people to vote, we have to make it secure and we have to make it easy. We have the technology to achieve both with mobile voting.
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Are you a voter who has faced difficulties casting your ballot? Have you participated in a mobile voting pilot? Share your story with us so others hear how mobile voting has helped you!