Soon You May Be Able To Vote With A Selfie

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Whilst you may have seen some recent election booth selfies or people sharing the fact they had voted on social media, the process hasn't exactly caught up digitally.

Voter turnout for 18-24 year olds was just 36% during the EU referendum and in addition to political apathy many think this is because of sometimes lengthy and inconvenient process of having to vote in person.

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A new App called Smartmatric is aiming to revolutionise the way we vote by allowing you to vote with your phones and a snap of your mug. This would work using "facial biometric data" and a form of ID card to create a unique digital profile for each registered voter. You log into your profile using a selfie (say cheese!) and then you can cast your vote from anywhere in the world. Simples.

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The company's programming manager spoke to BBC Newsbeat about the app saying: "There's huge potential, we're seeing a huge amount of interest in this."

"There is an overwhelming reduction in participation in elections because people are more mobile now, so we see an opportunity to strengthen the process, to make it more accessible" he added.

Many countries use electronic forms of voting – but issues around cybersecurity and hacking in elections have people worried about not tallying votes by hand.

The app is currently in beta stage and there's no word from the government on electronic voting being introduced but keep your eyes peeled.