According to the Guardian Unlimited more than sixty-three million votes were cast last Wednesday via phone to select the winner of a reality television program. This is eight-and-a-half million more votes than the most popularly elected president has ever received in the history of the United States of America (President Ronald Regan in 1984 who received 54.4M votes).
I realize that millions of those votes were likely placed by persons who are not old enough to participate in federal and state elections. And I understand that voting for the next pop musician is not as serious as choosing the leader of the free world and most powerful military on Earth. However, I have to wonder if election participation were made simple enough that it could be done from home using a phone or computer, how many more people would participate in democracy?
Bonus idea: Let me vote using a Nintendo Wii controller.