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.READ MORE: More Than 240 Runners Complete 150-Mile Relay From Pittsburgh To Maryland On Great Allegheny Passage
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.READ MORE: Judge Refuses To Seal Records And Proceedings In Custody Case Involving U.S. Senate Candidate Sean Parnell
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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