Chain Gangs! Getting More Young People to Vote.
Grown ups everywhere are trying to get young people to vote. Is this generation lost? Were the baby boomers the last people in the human race who will ever care about anything? The answer to both of these questions is no. It turns out that young people have about the same voter turnout that they did in 1971. That's the year that the voting age was lowered to 18. But, what about other demographic groups.
My research has revealed an interesting voter bias with an unexpected solution. Let's start by looking at voter turnout by race. The voter turnout in the United States is about 58.2%. Whites get 64.8% voter turnout. African Americans get 60.8%. That's less. But, it's still above the national average. On the other hand, Hispanics get 31.6% voter turnout. That's less than half the turnout for whites.
Lets compare those numbers to the numbers for smart phone ownership by race. Right now 77% of whites have a smart phone. Hispanics are trailing close behind them with 75% smart phone ownership. Just below that, 72% of the African American community own smart phones. So, the racial bias is still their. But, it is greatly reduced.
What if anybody with a smart phone could go to the voting station any time they want. They could confirm their identity. Then they could vote on a smartphone app. They could change their vote from their mobile device anytime they want until the election is over. Sounds great. But, what about Russian cyber attacks? Won't they be a problem? Would you believe that voting on your smart phone could be safer than voting in person? It probably isn't safer yet. But, it could be safer in the future.
I will now take a moment to explain Blockchain voting. Imagine if every voter in your district was able to physically watch the vote count as it took place. Wouldn't that make it nearly impossible to cheat. Unfortunately, it would also make it impossible for everybody to go to work that day. Now, imagine that they could monitor the vote count from their smart phones instead. Anybody would be able to monitor the count from anywhere. But, is it safe?
Right now, block chain technology is a mystery to most people. That's why we should work to clear up that mystery. I would like to find nongovernmental groups that could use this technology. I'm thinking that special interest groups, social action groups and religious organizations might be interested. Also, those groups are less likely to get attacked by Russian hackers. If you, or someone that you know, is a member of one of these types of organizations, please read the group rules before joining our Multi Faith Social Action group on Facebook.