Articles

Why It's Important to Vote: Exploring Technology's Role in Voter Engagement

Technology is transforming voter engagement, making it more effective. Learn why it's important to vote and how digital tools can boost voter turnout in elections.

Nemanja Dukic
28/6/2024
5 min read
Why It's Important to Vote: Exploring Technology's Role in Voter Engagement

Technology has changed the way we work, think, and even vote! It has revolutionized many different sectors, and voter engagement is no exception. Our world is becoming increasingly digital, and we need digital solutions to make a positive change and boost voter engagement. 

As the world becomes more digital, the integration of technology in voter engagement strategies has shown promising potential. 

But is technology truly the future of effective voter engagement? We investigate this question, supported by research, statistics, and practical examples.

Why Is it Important to Vote?

The right to vote is a fundamental democratic right. It allows you, a citizen, to influence the direction of your government and society. But why is it important to vote? Our voting ensures that the leaders we elect reflect our will and the people's will and hold them accountable. 

Voting isn’t just a circle around a number. When we vote, we strengthen democracy, which helps foster inclusion and a better system of governance.

Declining Voter Turnout

Despite the critical importance of voting, voter turnout has been declining in many parts of the world. 

In the United States, for instance, the voter turnout was relatively high: 

  • The 2020 presidential election had a turnout of 66%, the highest since 1900.
  • The 2018 midterm election saw a 49% turnout, the highest since 1914.
  • The 2022 midterm election had a 46% turnout, surpassing all midterms since 1970.

However, Intermittent voters usually tend to determine election outcomes, impacting the balance of political party support. This especially applies in countries with a polarized political landscape.

Roughly half of Europeans eligible to vote did not cast their vote in the European Parliament elections.

The overall decline globally raises concerns about the health of democracy and underscores the need for effective voter engagement strategies.

Can Technology Help in Voter Engagement?

The short answer is yes, and in the last several years, we’ve seen a high increase in technological solutions that boost voter engagement. Let’s investigate them: 

Social Media and Voter Mobilization

Who would have thought 15 years ago that social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter (now X), and Instagram would become such powerful tools for voter mobilization? 

During the 2020 U.S. presidential election, social media played a crucial role in spreading information, encouraging voter registration, and promoting the importance of voting.

  • Targeted ads: Campaigns used targeted ads to reach specific demographics, increasing engagement among young voters and minority groups.
  • Hashtags: Hashtags like #WhenWeAllVote and #IVoted, as well as photos of celebrities with the “I Voted sticker,” trended on social media, creating a sense of community and urgency around voting.

Mobile Applications

Mobile applications have made it easier for voters to register, find polling locations, and get election information. 

Vote.gov

Apps like vote.gov and other state-specific apps help boost voter engagement in the United States. The apps send notifications to prospective voters and other important reminders, increasing the percentage of people voting and strengthening democracy.

EU&I

The European Parliament has developed the EU&I app to help voters understand the complexities of European Political parties. This way, European Voters can answer a series of questions and pinpoint the exact party/candidate their beliefs align with.

Online Voter Registration

Many governments made voter registration simpler by switching to an online voter registration system. According to Voters Without Borders, complicated registering practices may alienate some voters. Still, many European countries are great examples of how the voter registration system should guarantee:

- Accessibility: Online registration is available 24/7, allowing people to register at their convenience.

- Efficiency: It reduces the need for paper forms, making the process faster and more efficient.

Virtual Town Halls and Debates

Virtual town halls and debates are becoming increasingly popular. Whether it is X or good old Zoom meetings, these platforms allow candidates to engage with us in real time and will enable us to voice our opinions and concerns to those running for office.

- Accessibility: Virtual events can be accessed from anywhere, increasing participation from those who cannot attend in person.

- Interactivity: These events often include live Q&A sessions, allowing voters to interact directly with candidates.

Impact of Technology on Voter Turnout

  1. Increased Engagement Among Young Voters

Young voters, often considered the most challenging demographic to engage, are highly active online. According to the PEW Research Centre, 78% of adult Americans are aware of how impactful social media is for politics. 

In most cases, young people's digital engagement translates into significant political changes. Poland is a great example of how increased youth engagement can cause tectonic political changes. 

  1. Enhanced Voter Education

Technology has also enhanced voter education. Websites like Ballotpedia in the U.S. and platforms like the EU Parliament’s How to Vote provide voters with unbiased information about policies and voting procedures.

- Informative Content: These platforms offer detailed explanations of ballot measures, candidate biographies, and fact-checked news.

- Interactive Tools: Features like interactive sample ballots help voters understand their choices before heading to the polls.

Challenges and Concerns

Digital Divide

While technology can enhance voter engagement, the digital divide remains a significant challenge. Only some have access to the Internet or the necessary digital literacy skills, and this divide disproportionately affects low-income communities, rural areas, and older adults.

- Access Issues: While most Americans and Europeans have access to the internet, in Europe, more than 7% of adult Europeans have never used it.

- Educational Barriers: Digital literacy programs are essential to ensure everyone can benefit from online voter engagement tools.

The Future of Voter Engagement: Innovations on the Horizon

As technology continues to evolve, innovations hold the potential to revolutionize voter engagement further.

How Companies Like Qomon Boost Voter Engagement

Companies like Qomon significantly enhance voter engagement through innovative technological solutions. Qomon offers digital tools for mobilization and advocacy, streamlining and optimizing voter engagement efforts. 

Here's how we help you effectively boost voter engagement:

Action CRM & Communication Tools

Qomon’s Grassroots & Action CRM centralizes contacts, supporters, donors, and voter information. This centralization allows teams to analyze data, collaborate efficiently, and participate in digital and in-the-field actions.

  • Centralized Database: Manage all voter information in one place.
  • Collaborative Management: Share emails, assign tasks, and manage sensitive information collectively.

Effective Communication

Engage voters through targeted communication channels, including email and SMS.

  • Automatic Emails & SMS: Trigger messages after specific actions or responses from potential voters.
  • Push Notifications: Easily communicate with volunteers and get them notified in a fraction of a second.

Data Analysis and Management

Qomon’s tools ensure comprehensive data management, enabling smarter decision-making.

  • Advanced Filters: Search and filter contacts using various data points.
  • Duplicate Management: Keep data clean by managing duplicates easily.
  • Contact Geolocation: Target actions geographically with dynamic maps.

Volunteer and Event Management

Mobilize volunteers effectively and manage events seamlessly.

Privacy and Security

Protect voter data with robust security measures and comply with privacy laws.

  • 2FA Authentication: Enhance data protection.
  • Privacy Laws Compliance: Track consent history and manage contact preferences.

Seamless Integrations

Integrate Qomon with other tools to enhance functionality.

  • CRM Integration: Sync voter data with existing systems.
  • Social Media Integration: Expand reach and engagement.

Check out Our App

Our app provides you with an opportunity to join causes they believe in. Get involved in the nearest actions that interest you, and use our tool to mobilize and spread the word!

Qomon is ideal for political parties and advocacy groups. With our solutions, you can plan and execute GOTV actions: on the field and going door to door, or with phoning actions. 

You can edit the list of potential voters by marking them as "will vote, not sure, won't vote" and can plan future actions to mobilize voters.

Download Qomon on Google Play and the App Store.

Wrapping Up

As we look to the future, continued innovation and investment in technology will be essential to further improving voter engagement. When we all vote, we strengthen our democracy, and technology can play a crucial role in making that happen.

Whether it's a Biden vs. Trump election or a local school board vote, technology can help make every vote count. As technology evolves, Qomon will play a crucial role in boosting voter engagement and strengthening democratic processes.

Ready to make a difference? Connect with our experts today and get a complimentary live demo!

Tips & Info

Receive best practices, events and news directly in your email box.

Sign up

Stay in the loop!

Best practices, events & news, straight to your inbox.

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Time for...

Get a demo

You might also like