In a move to increase democratic participation, from next week Washington will be the first state in the union to allow voter registration via Facebook.
Your information is coming to us from Facebook but you can do that without leaving Facebook. Your name and date of birth are pulled from Facebook profile, then it operates exactly as it does if you’re not in Facebook. Our state database checks to see if you’re already registered. If you are, it will take you to MyVote service, [where] you can update registration information. You also need a Washington state ID or driver’s license. We do another real-time check to match that this is a real person who is registering.
Certainly something that the New Zealand Electoral Commission should be looking at.