Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Voting and Politics on Monday 12th March

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  • Voting’s Viral: Voters, Election Officials & Social

    by Dean Logan, Dana Chisnell, Jared Marcotte, Jeannie Layson and Lee Rainie

    How do you get reliable information about elections? Many voters get their information about who is running for election and what the issues are from friends and family. Increasingly, those friends and family are online, getting their information from social media sources and passing it on. What’s the conversation between voters and election officials? What’s the potential for increasing civic engagement through social media? This panel will discuss breakthroughs and cautions, experiences and pointers. What you learn about who is using what and why will surprise you.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, AT&T Conference Center

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  • Why Hasn't the Internet Made Voting Awesome?

    by Seth Flaxman and Paul Schreiber

    In the United States, only 50% of people vote in presidential elections. That drops to 40% for midterm elections, and 10% for primary, local and special elections. Worldwide, we rank 138th in voter turnout. The Internet has made it easy to find your old friends from college; download any song you want; get shoes delivered the very next day, and help create social change by signing petitions, making donations and lobbying congress.So why hasn't the Internet made voting awesome? Seth Flaxman and Paul Schreiber of Democracy Works will talk about why the voting system is so broken, and how the Internet can route around inefficiency and bureaucracy to increase voter turnout and make voting fit the way we live today.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon A, AT&T Conference Center

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