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The Internet Votes! Project Seeks to Turn Online Energy into Measurable Votes

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 11:34 -- Catherine Hart

The Internet generation is often thought of as being the group that is the most disengaged and disillusioned when it comes to traditional politics. But the public outcry and successful pushback from the pro-Internet community against restrictive U.S. copyright bills SOPA and PIPA demonstrated that we do care and we have a voice.

As the 2012 U.S. election approaches, Fight for the Future and Personal Democracy Media are attempting to capitalize on the support that was galvanized in the opposition of SOPA/PIPA by getting Internet users out to vote. As Techdirt notes, the project is trying to show non-voters that “when a large group of voters speak out, it really does make a difference. It's only when they don't speak out and don't make their views known that the special interests can take over”.

The website, which is called The Internet Votes, seeks to mobilize the power of social networking by encouraging users to register to vote, and then sending reminders about the voting requirements and deadline. A Facebook app called “Vote With Friends” allows users to invite their friends sign up, join and even create “voting blocks” for specific issues, learn more about the candidates, and see which of their friends have already voted.

To sign up, enter your name, address, and other information on the website, and a filled out voter registration form will be sent to you in the mail. Add your ID information and mail it off to be registered. Then use the app to get informed and involved before casting your vote.