HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Research has found that West Virginia’s mobile voting app for overseas residents has increased voter turnout.

The Herald-Dispatch cites research done by the University of Chicago associate professor Anthony Fowler, which was presented this month at the Election Science, Reform & Administration Conference at the University of Pennsylvania. Fowler found the app increased voter turnout by 3 to 5 percentage points.

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In 2018, West Virginia was the first state to allow mobile voting for overseas voters from some counties during a federal election.

Fowler says the research underscores that mobile voting has the potential to affect voter turnout while lowering the cost of voting.

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Cybersecurity experts and many Americans remain wary of mobile voting and Fowler says there’s a good reason for the concern as officials aren’t sure how secure it is.


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