FCC wants public comment on digital democracy - voting online

The FCC is looking for comments which will influence the FCC's policy and submit back recommendations to Congress.

Last month I wrote about online voting and the trend to continue to move towards this type of service. The FCC is looking for comments which will influence the FCC's policy and submit back recommendations to Congress. Online town hall meetings using multimedia applications are also being reviewed.  The extent to which voting options are available are not part of the FCC's review or mandate.  Paper ballots and in person voting are not likely going anywhere anytime soon.

It will be interesting to see if the value of online voting is swayed by the economics and accuracy of voter tabulations and participation. There are a lot of arguments for and against electronic and online voting. Another focus area likely to surface is the digital divide - many people simply do not use the Internet, let alone own a computer.  As I noted in my previous post, there are other ways it could still be accomplished such as smart phones or kiosks connected to the election service platform.

Submissions are due by December 10 of this year.

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