(Noted News) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is floating the idea of voting for politicians through an app on the iPhone.
In an interview with the New York Times, the CEO of the US tech unicorn said that voting over the phone was simply continuing the trend of the complete digitization of everything. Cook was also speaking in regards to the new voting laws in Georgia that some are criticizing as restrictive and something that “limits” voting rather than encourages it.
“It’s pretty arcane,” Cook said of America’s voting systems. “I think we’re probably all having the wrong conversation on voting rights. We should be talking about using technology.”
When asked if the US should simply start voting by phone, he was in total approval.
“I would dream of that, because I think that’s where we live. We do our banking on phones. We have our health data on phones. We have more information on a phone about us than is in our houses. And so why not?”
The 2020 US federal election had only a 67% participation rate, which may sound underwhelming but is the highest ever recorded.
“How can we make it so simple that our voting participation gets to 100? Or it gets really close to 100. Maybe we get in the 90s or something.”
Tim Cook joins a growing number of companies, activist groups, and organizations that publicly oppose Georgia’s voting laws, including Twitter, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, and the Major League Baseball Association (MLB). According to those that oppose the laws that were lobbied into existence following Donald Trump’s loss last election, the new rules overwhelmingly affect people of color’s ability to participate in elections.
The law requires the use of photo ID when mail-in voting, outlaws things like handing out water or gifts to those standing in line for voting polls, and limits the number of ballot drop boxes.
CEO of Delta Airlines said the new legislation was based on a lie.
“The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread voter fraud in Georgia in the 2020 elections. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, that excuse is being used in states across the nation that are attempting to pass similar legislation to restrict voting rights.”
“I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values.”
Though in theory voting by iPhone could make things more efficient, critics of Tim Cook may be quick to point to the potential for some people to be priced out of using one, as well possible privacy issues.