It's Time for Mandatory Voting—And We Have the Technology to Do It

The voting system in the US is deplorable. Not only is our methodology outdated, we have the lowest turnout rate of any developed nation. The solution to almost every election-related challenge is to make voting mandatory. And with a little tech reform, we could do it in time for the 2016 presidential election. » 3/25/15 11:00am 3/25/15 11:00am

9 Dumb Quotes About Science From Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz wants to be president. The Tea Party politician announced his candidacy in front of a crowd of Liberty University students—who were required to show up. But let's not forget presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the same science-doubting, climate change denier he's always been. He just has a bigger soapbox. » 3/23/15 6:00pm 3/23/15 6:00pm

America's Long, Weird Search for the Perfect Voting Machine

Millions of Americans will vote today, and for the first time in years, many of them will use paper ballots. For a nation that's produced some of the most advanced machines in the world, we've had a hell of a time figuring out one of the most important. » 11/04/14 2:40pm 11/04/14 2:40pm

Facebook's History of Experiments That Try to Make You Vote

Election Day is coming up, and if you use Facebook, you'll see an option to tell everyone you voted. This isn't new; Facebook introduced the "I Voted" button in 2008. What is new is that, according to Facebook, this year the company isn't conducting any experiments related to election season. » 10/31/14 11:13am 10/31/14 11:13am

A Voting App Thinks I'm a Libertarian. I'm Not.

This is the last week to register to vote in many parts of the country, and with several pivotal midterm elections on deck, it's a good time to make sure you're an informed citizen. Normally this would entail things like reading up on the issues, but these days apps and sites are trying to make choosing what… » 10/15/14 12:34pm 10/15/14 12:34pm

Kid Sentenced to One Year in Jail for Hacking School Election

Unfortunately for one ambitious, young new resident of the California State Prison System, it seems there actually might be some justice in politics—at least for a 22 year-old caught stuffing a college election ballot box, that is. » 7/16/13 6:07pm 7/16/13 6:07pm

Re: Hey: An Analysis of the Obama/Romney Emails

Early in 2012, I signed up for the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns' email lists with a rarely used old email address. While I knew that this small dataset couldn't reveal the extreme sophistication of their email strategies, I set out to analyze the emails I'd received (and rarely read) – and discovered some… » 11/06/12 5:00pm 11/06/12 5:00pm

6 Essentials for Coping With Tonight's Election Results

The campaigns are over, the commercials claiming each candidate did or didn't do this or that have stopped running, and the 2012 United States Presidential Election is now in the hands of voters across the country. » 11/06/12 4:00pm 11/06/12 4:00pm

What Are You Reading While You Wait in Line to Vote?

If you believe in the power of voting, chances are you're going to head to a polling place sometime between now and the end of the day to cast your ballot. You'll probably be waiting a few minutes as well. With that in mind, we tossed together 10 election day pieces for you to save to Instagram/Pocket/Readability to… » 11/06/12 3:40pm 11/06/12 3:40pm

Have You Had Any Problems With Electronic Voting?

It's election day. Some of you have the fortune of being able to vote electronically, thus removing any confusion over whether or not that chad was hanging. Well it's supposed to remove confusion in theory. Have you voted yet? Was it some form of an electronic ballot? Did you notice anything sketchy? Let's talk about… » 11/06/12 1:40pm 11/06/12 1:40pm

NYC Residents Can Vote at any New York State Polling Place Tomorrow

If you're a resident of NYC or Westchester, Long Island and Rockland counties, you can submit an affadavit ballot for the presidential and US Senatorial elections at any polling place in the state of New York you like tomorrow. You can't vote in local elections, but it's still useful for those who's living and… » 11/05/12 6:13pm 11/05/12 6:13pm

Everything You Need To Jumpstart Your Own Presidential Campaign

When you head to the polls this November you're supposed to vote for who you think will best lead the country for the next four years. But that's not really what happens. Deep down everyone who steps into that voting booth knows that they could do a far better job as President of the United States of America. » 10/09/12 4:00pm 10/09/12 4:00pm

Facebook Ends the Careers of an Entire Generation of Future Politicians

If you think recent elections are getting too personal, just wait until 2040 when today's Facebooking frat brothers and sorority sisters start running for office. Forget economic issues, we want the candidate to explain this naked picture involving a horse and a handle of vodka. » 4/21/12 6:30pm 4/21/12 6:30pm

Hacked DC School Board E-Voting Elects Bender President

Yes, that Bender. The one on the left. A University of Michigan team got him elected to the Washington DC school board in 2010 by hacking the district's electronic absentee ballot system. » 3/02/12 1:00am 3/02/12 1:00am


If Shepard Fairey's iconic HOPE poster featuring a somewhat cartoony interpretation of Barack Obama could sell like hotcakes during the last presidential election, then this Incredible Hulk/Obama action figure created by Ron English should be even more popular this year. » 1/26/12 11:00am 1/26/12 11:00am

Republicans Are Afraid the Iowa Caucus Might Get Hacked

The GOP believes hackers are targeting the Iowa caucus polling system to screw with results and mess with the Republicans. I wonder why! » 12/20/11 8:55am 12/20/11 8:55am

Seven Tools to Get Elected Mayor by the Internet

If you weren't aware, our own Mat Honan was attempting to go against incumbent San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as a write-in candidate in next week's election. With the internet backing him, his campaign was shaping up to be formidable. Then The Man struck. » 10/26/11 5:46pm 10/26/11 5:46pm

Google Tool May Have Wrong Polling Place Locations for Hundreds of…

Google's polling place locator was supposed to make your life easier by guiding you to the appropriate polling place so that you can vote. The only trouble? It may have guided you and hundreds of thousands to the wrong place. » 11/02/10 9:00pm 11/02/10 9:00pm

Five Candidates Worth Your Geek Vote Today

Today, a few of you will vote. Sadly, there is no Geek Party candidate reppin' in Congress. So we've picked out 5 geek-friendly politicians to consider leaving a hanging chad for. » 11/02/10 12:00pm 11/02/10 12:00pm

Watch This Voting Machine Change Someone's Vote

When programmer Don Relyea tried to choose one candidate on his voting machine, the computer chose a different candidate—plus four other candidates from the same, incorrect party—right in front of him. He captured the whole thing on video. » 10/22/10 3:00am 10/22/10 3:00am