The youth demographic is notorious for its attachment to social networking, and its consistently low voter turnout. A new Facebook app may change that game in time for the 2012 presidential election. The Washington secretary of state’s office announced Tuesday a new Facebook app that will allow state residents to register to vote, according to the AP. The link is expected to go live as early as next week, and people can “like” the app and recommend it to friends and family.
Shane Hamlin, Washington’s co-director of elections, told the AP that in the age of social media and online services,
“this is a natural way to introduce people to online registration and leverage the power of friends on Facebook to get more people registered.”
A Facebook spokesman said the site is
“excited that citizens in Washington State will be able to register to vote and review useful voting information on Facebook.”
The Facebook app will ask for data like name, date of birth, and driver’s license number. But Hamlin said Facebook will not be collecting peoples’ information; the app is simply an overlay for the state’s election website.
“You are giving your information to us, not Facebook,” he said.
The app was jointly developed by the state, Facebook and Microsoft and has been in the works since last fall, the AP said. The secretary’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.