Facebook’s voter-registration prompt to its Washington followers was a smash success. Last Friday was a record one-day registration spike of 14,824, nearly 13,000 of those via our online MyVote, the second most for a single day since the portal was launched.
From Friday through yesterday, Washington residents on Facebook who are 18 or older got a reminder at the top of their news feed urging them to register, providing a link that, in turn, connected people with MyVote.
The previous single-day registration was 13,109 on March 18, also prompted by Facebook.
Additionally, the Google Doodle on Monday was about registering to vote, resulting in 3,910 logins to MyVote, 1,692 percent higher than the daily average of 242 hits from google.com.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the state’s chief elections official, praised the social media organizations for promoting civic engagement and voting:
“Coming on the eve of National Voter Registration Day, the new gusher of registrations is so exciting,” she said, after participating in a student-led news conference on voting at the University of Washington in Seattle. “We welcome all of these new voters and hope they will become lifelong voters and take part in public life.”