Make Voting Cool: Social Media Voting Badges!

Make Voting Cool: Social Media Voting Badges!

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Lilo Abernathy started this petition to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp

This initiative to help make voting cool by creating badges that display on the major social media applications if a person has:

  • Verified they are a Registered Voter
  • Voted that Election Cycle

Almost half of U.S. citizens do not vote and the fastest way to make the positive change we need is to get a good portion of them voting. Social media badges will absolutely start a conversation around this.

Karmic Justice
There is some karmic justice in targeting social media to do this for us, because frankly, they helped get us into this political mess with fake news and letting our data get in the wrong hands. They can darn well put some effort and dollars into helping us get out of this mess!

How it Works

  • Registered Voter Badge: There are online tools already that a user can use to verify current voter registration. Social media can provide a button to launch one of those tools and upon successful confirmation within 3 months of an upcoming election, the user gets the badge.
  • Voted Badge: This badge should display when the user uploads a selfie picture of them with the "I Voted" sticker we all get. The photo would be loaded in normal way people load photos for that social media application, but tagged with an "I voted 2018" tag (or appropriate year). Then when anyone clicks on the "I voted" badge for that account, they see the actual photo of the person. These photos should be locked from being copied and would help people be assured someone isn't a fake Troll account too. It builds trust. It is self-administered, so low cost. This badge should replace the Registered Voter Badge. So they have the Registered Voter Badge and when they actually vote, they upload their image, and it turns into a Voted badge.

It is proven by studies that naming and shaming works for voting. This takes the softest touch possible by simply allowing people to brag that they are registered and that they did vote, so those who don't vote become obvious.

Time is of the Essence
If we can get this circulated quickly, I bet some of the big social media companies could implement it right away for 2018. Some, namely Facebook and Twitter, should be feeling a bit guilty over the 2016 debacle and should be willing to put resources into it.

Badge Display
The badges could be displayed on their page in a prominent position on their profile and as a small badge by each post. I hope to target the following social media:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat
  • Instagram
  • WhatsApp
  • Other?
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