Friday, August 22, 2008

Presidental Voting via Xbox 360

You can now vote for the next President of the United States using your Xbox 360. Microsoft has teamed up with Rock the Vote and come Aug. 25th, you can go to Xbox LIVE and register to vote via your console.



Politicians have always been looking for ways to convince the 18-25 age demographic to vote and this is by far the best idea I’ve ever seen. Gamers across the country who own an Xbox 360 will not even have to leave their couches on voting day.

There’s a little more to this story also. On LIVE, users will be able discuss political issues in an exclusive forum, take part in political polls and download public service announcements from the Rock the Vote. With these features, Xbox Live has become a legitimate political source. Gamers now have a central location in which they can discuss politics and a exclusive forum to express their voices.

This is a great idea; it just needs one fix. Why stop with only Xbox 360 gamers? I hope Rock the Vote is at least talking to Sony and Nintendo to get this on their consoles. All gamers, regardless of what system they prefer, should be able to get this service for free.

UPDATE/CORRECTION: You can't vote for the President through your Xbox 360. You CAN register to vote though. Sorry for the mix up. Thanks Will!

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12 comments:

Will said...

Joystiq has an entertaining stance on this one.

Just to clarify, when you say:
"Gamers across the country who own an Xbox 360 will not even have to leave their couches on voting day."

That's not true, you can only register to vote, not actually vote. That would never happen, elections have to be state-run. If you're in a state where there are mail-in ballots (Oregon, e.g.) you don't have to get off your couch, but you'll have make sure you can reach your mailslot.

Richard R. said...

Oops. Massive error. I must've read the article wrong. They kept talking about Presidental polls. Very misleading.

Thank you for the correction. Still the service is pretty cool.

shawn said...

May want to correct that part of the post - we wouldn't want a certain candidate's supporters staying home and playing xbox on election day. That would suck.

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