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04. 23. 2008

Would you text your vote for President?

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According to a survey by Samsung Telecommunications America, quoted on textually.org, more than half of Democrats, Republicans and Independents would be happy to text their vote for the next President.

I like the idea of voting being made simpler - I'm sure we've all heard that famous fact that American Idol pulls in more voters than national elections, perhaps because you can vote without leaving your house, or perhaps because presidential hopefuls are rarely as entertaining as even the worst Idol rejects.

But I'd be wary of texting my vote for President. I'm guessing cell phone service providers would charge for the privilege, and even more alarming, I'm not sure they could cope with the volume of texts. Plus, UK talent shows have had to can text voting because the messages didn't always get there before the voting deadline, so it could be hanging chads all over again...

Still, if everything worked perfectly, would you like to vote by text? - or is nominating a President something you should get dressed and leave the house for?

Posted by diane    Category: culture | current affairs
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