What is the future of internet voting?
Numerous debates sponsored by YouTube and MySpace, and one hosted on Twitter, indicate that the election is tied to being online. The world is watching.
Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens, who joined the U.S. as a citizen last year, was asked how foreign citizens view American politics.
“With extraordinary absorption, if I didn’t have a vote in American elections, somehow all I said didn’t count… because the most powerful person in the world was the one the Americans picked.”
“Everyone has a stake in it and everyone has an interest in it and because America is so open and its media is so extraordinary, everyone does feel… that almost they have a say. Of course this is a huge illusion but its a rather touching one.”
The internet is an international network. Websites can be viewed around the world. Whether you want to dial 411 for election information or choose electoral votes for states, there is something for everyone online.
Obama and McCain know this. It doesn’t matter that McCain doesn’t know how to use a computer because both of their political advisors understand that without a web presence, their candidates would lose.