Updated: Oct 31, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The highly anticipated launch of “Vote by Tweet” is set to go live this Saturday as Twitter CEO and Tech entrepreneur Jack Dorsey is set to cast the first tweeted ballot at 3pm PT.
Reports show Gov. Newsom and Dorsey have collaborated since late March to solve the problem of voting safely during the COVID-19 and racial injustice pandemic. Though California has already delivered mail-in ballots to every registered voter in the state, there are obvious flaws to the system.
Gov. Newsom stated, “The mail-in ballots are inherently dangerous as Covid-19 can live on surfaces for four or five years, and no-one is immune to racial inequality. We needed a safer and more efficient way to allow our constituents to exercise their right to vote.”
When the pandemic hit, Twitter had already been privately working on a implementing a balloting system within their current network.
When asked about the incredible foresight of the technology Jack had this to say, “I would like to say we were ready, but there was assuredly some level of luck involved. Before March I would estimate we were three to four years away from implementing the system, however working with Gavin and California officials we were able to streamline much of the regulatory process. Overall voting is the only way out of these terrible times, whether you vote once, twice, or several hundred times like I did during Season Five of American Idol. God bless you, Taylor Hicks.”