A simple tale of our possible present.
Claire fires up her web browser, visits a government website, creates an online voting account and requests an authentication code to be sent in the post to confirm her identity. The code turns up a few days later, she logs in, verifies the code and is ready to vote via the website.
John sends a text to a voting number. As his identity has already been confirmed by his mobile phone provider when he got his phone contract he receives an automated reply saying he is now registered to vote by SMS.
Jane downloads a voting app to her iPhone. As she already has Apple Pay set up on her phone she can use her stored credit card details to confirm her identity. The app alerts her that she is now able to vote.
Claire, John and Jane cast their votes and receive an instant notification that their vote has been registered. They can visit the election website or download an app to watch nationwide voting in real time. They might even decide to change their vote. When the election has ended they can view the results online and even download detailed voting statistics.
Late on election day evening Jane’s Apple Watch buzzes with a notification from the party she voted for: ‘We won! Thank you for your vote.’