Boston Considers Voter Registration Via Facebook

By Justin Lafferty 

In Washington state, you can register to vote through Facebook. Now city leaders in Boston are considering allowing residents to do the same, via MyVote — an application built by Microsoft, with input from Facebook employees.

Boston City Council member Tito Jackson feels that the change would reflect the city’s status as a wired community:

Boston is a high-technology city … Both Facebook and Microsoft have offices here, so I think we should get those folks in and see how we can continue to expedite this process.

Jackson also cited cost as a reason why it would help Boston to allow Facebook registration. The councilman told BostInno (a Boston blog) that it costs $0.08 to register via paper, as opposed to $0.03 online. He feels that the city should do what it takes to make voter registration as easy as possible.

Boston has a pretty large Facebook presence. According to Socialbakers, there are more than 750,000 users in Boston, ranking it 71st worldwide in terms of cities.

More states and cities have made life easier by offering online registration, but registering to vote on Facebook is a relatively new concept.

Readers: Would you register via Facebook, if given the opportunity?

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