Coleman: Make It Easier To Vote Online (And Count That Kid’s Vote For Me)

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January 30, 2009 9:07 a.m.

In a press conference outside the courtroom held just a short while ago, Norm Coleman announced that if he gets back into the Senate, he’ll work on ways to make it easier for young people to vote online.

Coleman was saying this while advocating for Peter DeMuth, a young college student and Coleman-voter who filled out his absentee ballot application on his computer, using the mouse to “sign” his initials. He later filled out the physical absentee ballot that he received in the old-fashioned way, resulting in his ballot being disqualified because of a mismatch because of the appearance of his moused initials versus his physically signed out name.

“The world of these young people is a world of computers,” Coleman said. “More and more folks are gonna be doing that, that’s the next generation. And we have to look at the whole use of technology to accommodate people who are gonna vote that way.”

Coleman said that if he’s fortunate enough to win this thing, he’ll be using his role as a policy-maker to better enfranchise young people like DeMuth, or his own 22-year old son, whose first instincts are to work with computers.

(Special thanks to The Uptake for carrying the presser.)

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