Mo’ Facebook Posts, Mo’ Election Votes

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The Center for Election Innovation & Research reports that Facebook’s four-day voter registration campaign, which started on September 23rd, created spikes in registration all across the United States. The “Facebook bump” was significant, too. Some states saw their voter registration double while others saw a whopping two thousand three hundred percent increase!

A lot of these registrants were on the younger side. According to The New York Times, nearly 30 percent of California’s registrants during the period came from 26- to 35-year-olds while 24 percent came from 17- to 25-year-olds. This shouldn’t come as a total shock, though. People in this age range practically grew up with Facebook. So, it’s no surprise that social media would have a huge impact on their voter registration.

How this will effect the election itself remains to be seen but it could be interesting, considering how many fake news stories have been floating around facebook…

[via engadget]

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Benjamin D.Z. Brown is new to New York and new to NewsCult, having moved from Nebraska in May of 2016, after graduating from Culver-Stockton College (a small liberal arts school in Canton, Missouri) in May of 2015. There he studied Theatre and English and graduated cum laude from the Honors Program. His interests include gaming, animation, writing, and cute dogs. He works as an intern for the Man Cave section but will frequently dip into Entertainment for his weekly "South Park" analyses. He plans to expand the content he creates for the New Year, when he becomes a full-time employee.

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