Nearly 70 percent of voters this election are casting paper ballots

We can pay for Starbucks with our phones, but most people walking into polling stations for the 2014 midterm elections will cast their ballots using something far simpler than a digitized machine or a mobile phone: Paper ballots remain commonplace in the U.S., filled out with a pen or pencil depending on the exact… » 11/04/14 11:08am 11/04/14 11:08am

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

What Would Change If Politicians Wrote Laws Based on Internet Polls?

A new political party, designed by software devs and engineers, is joining the race in California. If elected, PlaceAVote's Congressional candidates vow to decide on every bill based on the majority vote of their constituents—as measured via online polling. Could that sort of direct, digital democracy improve how… » 5/24/14 5:00pm 5/24/14 5:00pm

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

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

16 People Who Think It's Really Dumb That We Can't Vote on Our iPhones,…

The general consensus amongst these hopeful people who are wondering why they can't vote on their smartphones: It's 2012 and their phones can pretty much do everything so why can't they vote on it? Or if they can't use their phones, how about voting on their iPads? And if not their iPads why not their Xboxes? How will… » 11/06/12 1:00am 11/06/12 1:00am

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