Vote early, vote often, vote via Facebook?

The State of Washington will soon allow people to register to vote on Facebook. Will social media elections be next?


If you knowingly provide false information on this voter registration form or knowingly make a false declaration about your qualifications for voter registration, you will have committed a class C felony that is punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.

Still, I can see scenarios where paid political operatives would be willing to take the risk. For example, an attacker could use social engineering to trick registered voters out of the information required, then register them under new addresses in different voting districts, to keep them away from the polls. Or they could create a series of fake registrations in order to discredit a candidate, party, or ballot issue. People far smarter than I am could come up with all kinds of hijinks.

With voter fraud being such a political football, you can be sure this notion will raise a few hackles.

My question: Since Washington State seems to have trouble getting its MyVote site to work correctly, how much luck will it have with its Facebook app? I guess we’ll find out next week.

The good news: Facebook voting is not yet upon us. Better news? Mark Zuckerberg won’t be old enough to run for president until the year 2020.

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