Mobile voting, good idea? Or bad?

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Mobile voting, good idea? Or bad?

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Kirklan Hinojosa
Web Editor

Mobile voting would make life easier and improve turnout 

With the Texas elections approaching on Nov. 9, many voters are eager for the polls to open. For others like myself, voting is an act that just takes up too much time and doesn’t seem appealing. What’s the solution to this issue? Mobile voting. Here is three reasons why mobile voting could inspire non-voters to vote. 

  1. It would be fast.

Most people register to vote by printing out a registration form, filling it out and sending it by mail, or they can register in person. However, when it comes to voting, it must be done in person, unless you go through the added trouble of securing an absentee ballot. Even then, the voter must mail in their ballot.  

SnapChat has recently increased its effort to encourage users to vote. Voter registration has been built into the app along with a message to start registering. This eliminates the time it takes printing out the registration form and having to mail it in. 

If voting could be done in a similar manner, it would save a lot of time and effort. And to those of us who feel that voting is a waste of time, this is a nice incentive as now it could be done at the touch of a button.  

  1. It would appeal to younger audiences.

According to an article by the Pew Research Center, “Non-voters were more likely to be younger.” Social media is a powerful tool used by younger audiences. According to, 83% of millennials ages 18-24 use Facebook.  

By coming up with fun and creative ways to vote through social media, Facebook and other apps could target demographics of non-voters and encourage them to start voting.  

  1. It would be easier.

Not only would it be easier for younger audiences to vote mobilly, but for the older generations as well as disabled individuals. Voting from the comfort of your own home saves the trouble of having to drive to a voting station and potentially wait in a line.  

While registration may be going digital, there is no talk of mobile voting becoming a reality any time soon.  

“I’ve never voted a day in my life,” said Oliver Sanchez, Junior Biology major. “I’m not going to spend the time registering, then going out of my way to vote in person. If mobile voting did exist, I would probably just do that instead.” 

For those of us like Oliver, we eagerly wait for the day that voting can be done at the push of a button.