King County first in country to allow all voters to cast ballots on smartphones

King County first in country to allow all voters to cast ballots on smartphones

KING COUNTY, Wash. — A voting district in King County will be the first in the country to allow all voters to cast ballots on their smartphones.

Mobile voting will be available for the upcoming King Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors election, where people can cast their vote online or on a mobile phone. The King Conservation District is a natural resources agency that promotes the sustainable use of responsible stewardship, according to its website.

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While its the ninth election mobile voting will be used for, it’s the first available to all voters, according to Tusk Philanthropies, which launched the Mobile Voting Project. Previously pilot programs were available to military service members and overseas citizens.

The pilot program is a collaboration between the King Conservation District, King County Elections, Democracy Live, Tusk Philanthropies and the National Cybersecurity Center.

Turnout for this election has historically been under 1 percent, according to a press release from King County Elections.

Voters can log in online and enter their name and date of birth to get access to their ballot. Voting begins Jan. 22 and continues through 8 p.m. Feb. 11.