Why the Online Ballot Box is Still a No-Go

In the opinion of some US government officials and voters, the online ballot box seems to be the direction democracy is headed for. Slowly but surely, online voting has extended its reach in parts of the United States over the last ten years. Although voters are casting their votes at polling stations in November, more than 30 states have already integrated some form of online Voting such as via email or direct portal. This has been allowed in the cases of military personnel or absentee voters.. Utah and Alaska may be more than happy to allow online voting but there is still a long way to go before fully embracing this “modern” process. Online voting faces several potential risks and dangers, which hackers are quick to point out. Hackers can enter the...

Are American Idol and The Voice on its Last Leg?

Was it Ryan Seacrest’s singing or has the years takes a toll on why fans are no longer sticking around to support the most popular singing competition on TV? Do you know who Caleb Johnson or Josh Kaufman is? If your answer is no on both names, then you must not be watching or following American Idol or The Voice anymore. Caleb Johnson is the recently crowned American Idol while Josh Kaufman is The Voice’s winner. The slowing decline in popularity and ratings of these two TV shows beg the question: will it ever end? Can you believe that American Idol has been around for 13 years and counting? It once drew 30 million TV viewers in one of its season finales during the height of its popularity. Now, the TV show only managed to pull in 10 million for this...

7 Reasons Why You Should Vote

Do you always have an excuse when it’s time to register and vote for your local officials or your president? Do you feel too exhausted from work that you’d rather stay in than line up to cast your ballot? Or maybe the polling station is too far from your house and you’d rather save gas? Unless your reason is related to a life or death situation, you need to vote. It’s a responsibility each eligible citizen must do. Why make the effort? Here are 10 reasons for you to mull over. When you cast your vote, you are giving the government a piece of your mind. It serves as an unofficial opinion poll for the general election. You can express to the world which politician you think is more deserving and which one you think is heartless or terribly...

Democrats are Pro Online Voting

In their goal to increase and expand their voter base, Democrats are thinking about using Internet balloting in 2016. This has prompted Republicans to consider online voting, too, to not lose ground on the voter base and selecting a president. The idea of pushing for online voting during the Presidential elections came from Iowa Democrats, who made the proposal, along with several other party members, during a Democratic National Committee meeting. They realize and understand the advantages of the online process to further their cause. With online voting, the vote will be more accessible to overseas military personnel, absentee voters and the like. This is what the Democrats want. After their proposal, the Iowa Democratic Party has begun conducting interviews and...

Most Absurd Online Voting Contests

Thanks to online voting, business and marketing companies have utilized this voting system to run different contests for their customers to win prizes and even help choose the name for their products. Online voting can be a real fun way to engage the market but sometimes, it can be real funny, too. Here are some real situations in which online voting contests have turned into farce. 1. What school should Taylor Swift hold a concert in? According to the results of an official online contest, she should hold it at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. Apparently, trolls roam the Internet and voted for the school. When it started to take a strong lead on the poll, Swift’s people were forced to remove it from the running for obvious reasons. Despite the online...

Is your Right to Vote under threat?

US President Barack Obama thinks it is. He accuses the GOP of using voting restrictions, which is a severe critique directed to the Republicans. Voters have been kept away from polls because of these restrictions. The expanded ballot access given to black Americans and other minorities for over 50 years is also being jeopardized. During his speech at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, he states his concern on how the Americans’ right to vote has not been threatened in a way since five decades ago with the passing of the Voting Right Act. Republicans have explained their side that the voting measures that they want to implement are for the purpose of protection against voter fraud. Democrats see this as a destruction of the 1965 law ....