In order to participate in the November 8 US presidential elections, the first thing voters need to know is how to register to vote and where to do it. According to some reports, voting via Twitter is now allowed.
Though the presidential election is merely 15 days away, some have yet to register or update their registration to vote. Though for some it is simply a matter of last minute procrastination, others however are still uncertain how to go about the process.
Since the United States is a Federal government, each state is given autonomy to decide on certain aspects of government. Included in this is policies when it comes to voting and registration.
The USA.gov website encourages voters to check their respective state to confirm if online registration is permitted. There is also the option to visit the website Vote.gov and select a certain state to see if online registration is allowed.
Once online registration is permitted, a link is given to direct the voter to a page stating other instructions and requirements for registering or updating registration.
Steps on how to register to vote:
For instance, you are wondering how to register to vote. You are from New York where online registration is permitted. You are asked to accomplish all requirements:
- Your most recent New York State DMV issued driver license, permit or Non-Driver ID as well as the ID and document number.
- Current ZIP Code on record with the DMV
- Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN)
You will be allowed to vote if the following conditions are met:
- U.S. Citizen
- 18 years old by the end of this year
- Residing at present address at least 30 days before election
- Currently not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
- Mentally competent
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere
You can also check NCSL.org to see all the states where online voting is allowed and visit Vote.gov for specific requirements and registration if you are not from New York.
Voting allowed via Twitter hashtags?
Social media has always been a good source of feedback from the public. Though not always the most reliable, Twitter has helped in spreading important information and pushing forward social good.
Disasters are great examples on how Twitter helps save the day. Voter perception and polls also look to the social media site and its’ hashtags for clues about public reception.
Because of this, speculations arose that Twitter will be used as a voting mechanism for this year’s elections. Though there has not been any official statement about the matter, Twitter indirectly or directly affects election.
According to Snopes, Trump supporters took to Twitter to cause confusion with Clinton’s supporters. By telling Clinton voters that they can vote online through hashtags, the Republican’s supporters are looking to get less to vote for the female candidate.
The claims were that by hashtagging #PresidentialElections between 7 and 9PM on November 8 and typing Hillary, the votes will be counted.
Be wary of crap like this, folks. NO state has "online voting". Period. This is what "rigging an election" looks like. pic.twitter.com/oPUb4v3ro6
— Matthew Ciszek (@mciszek) October 17, 2016
One thing is for certain, if in fact Twitter becomes a new medium for voting, the first place to look at to confirm is the US government’s site.