President Obama has ordered a review of hacking by Russia aimed at influencing U.S. elections. The review will focus on hacks perpetrated during the 2016 campaign, but will also include malicious cyber activity going all the way back to 2008. Obama expects to receive a report before he leaves office on January 20. In response, Russia denied claims made by the U.S. and called for evidence of its involvement. In October, the Intelligence Community said it was "confident" that Russia was behind hacks of government and political entities.
Estimates show that only about 58 percent of eligible voters actually cast a ballot on November 8. So, just over 40 percent of voters didn't actually vote. This isn't anything new in the United States. Historically, just over half of eligible voters turn out on or before Election Day. That number is much, much less during midterm elections, or non-presidential election years.
Did Facebook influence the election?
1. In light of Trump being elected president, some are blaming the results of the divisive election on social media — namely, Facebook. The website's algorithm, some argue, allows its users to create a personal echo chamber filled with partisan news sources they already agree with. This coupled with the distribution of fake news or false information across Facebook presents a problem, some say.
2. Facebook has denied this claim. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has defended the social media network's newsfeed algorithm. He also said that fake news is a very small amount of the content shared on the website. Facebook has consistently said that it is a tech company, not a media company — its job isn't to filter what its users post.
3. So, did Facebook influence the election?
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Zipcar and Lyft are offing are offering deals on rides to polls to encourage voting. Zipcar plans on setting aside 7,000 cars between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be no hourly reservation fee and customers can reserve timeslots online. Lyft offers 45 percent off rides and the discount maxes out at $10. No deals from Uber, but the app will remind you to vote and give directions to the closest polling place.
Would you trade your vote?
1. The Trump Traders app allows voters in swing states to trade their vote with someone who lives in a safe state. Why? To ensure that Donald Trump isn't elected president. The app connects Hillary Clinton supporters in safe states with third-party supporters in swing states. The two promise to trade votes. A Clinton vote in a swing state could help move the state into her column.
2. But some would be hesitant to trust a person they just met online. How do you know if they are actually going to follow through? Some people would be hesitant to trade their vote at all. How could you ever cast a ballot that doesn't match your preferences? Even for the strategy, some voters would not be comfortable with the idea.
3. So, would you swap your vote with someone in another state?
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Early voting turnout is at a new high this year. About 30 to 40 percent of ballots are estimated to be cast before Election Day. The 2012 presidential election saw 36 percent early voting turnout. In 2000, only 16 percent of votes cast were during early voting. Still, until these early votes are counted, no one will know who has a lead. Many states don't allow counting of early voting ballots until November 8 — Election Day.
Election Day is just a week away. Polls are showing a tight race. The Real Clear Politics average has Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump by about two points. Clinton is ahead in several polls taken during the last week of October, but narrowly. Not many polls have been taken since the FBI has found new emails that might be related to its investigation into Clinton's private server. Later this week, we'll know more about how this news story might be affecting the voters.
The Obama Administration said it is "confident" Russia is behind the recent hacks on government and political entities. The Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security said that the intent was to "interfere with the U.S. election process." By officially naming Russia, the United States could take action against the country. The hacks included leaks of emails from the Democratic National Committee.
Should Election Day be a national holiday?
1. This year's Election Day is set for November 8 — a Tuesday in the middle of the work week. Work can prevent many Americans from voting. In 2014, 28 percent of those who did not vote said they were "too busy" to make it to the polls. Many states offer early voting and voting by mail, but the United States does not obligate employers to give time off to vote. Declaring Election Day a national holiday would give every citizen plenty of time to cast their ballot.
2. But creating a national holiday might not be enough to boost voter turnout. Hospitals and various businesses still usually operate on holidays. Millions of Americans vote on Election Day. Early voting would still be necessary to avoid long lines. Voting online or by phone would simplify a lot, but there are security concerns. The easiest solution might be extending voting hours. Keeping polling places open past 7 p.m. would give more full-time employees the option to vote after work.
3. So, should Election Day be a national holiday?
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