NATIONWIDE - There aren't too many things left that you can`t do with your smartphone but voting is one activity that's still waiting to be dragged into the 21st century, so the next best thing is to modernize how people register to vote.
That`s the idea behind Hello Vote, a chatbot service that makes registering to vote as simple as texting one of your friends. You can either enter your number on their website or text 384-387 to start answering a series of questions.
In some states, your answers are submitted directly to online forms. You don't have to fill out anything on paper.
In states where that`s not an option, you`re sent a pre-filled form via email. If you don`t have a printer it`s sent by mail along with a stamped envelope.
It follows a trend of tech companies that are trying to take the hassle out of registering to vote.
Tinder made registering as easy as swiping left or right with their Swipe the Vote campaign. Facebook has sent reminders to all its users in the U.S. age 18 and up that show up at the top of people`s news feeds.
Since over 90 percent of American adults own a smartphone, technology looks to be the best way to reduce the approximate 33 million people who weren`t registered during the last presidential vote.
Hey, maybe by the time the next presidential vote comes around we`ll be able to vote via emoji.