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75% of young adults want to vote by SMS in the election

89% expect text voting to be introduced soon

Three quarters of 18 to 25 year olds that said they won't vote in the general election this year, revealed the ability to vote by text message or social networks such as Facebook or Twitter would change their mind, says Rightmobilephone.co.uk.

Research by the mobile phone price comparison website revealed that of those that would vote using social media or SMS, only 19 percent were concerned about privacy issues and others finding out who they voted for.

Rightmobile phone also said a quarter were concerned about multiple votes from the same person.

Furthermore, 89 percent believe voting via text message will be possible after this year's general election.

"Social media and mobile phones could be a very powerful way for political parties to interact and communicate with this generation," said Neil McHugh, co-founder of rightmobilephone.

"Twitter, Facebook and YouTube weren't as established in previous elections, but now provide a far reaching platform for any political party who are savvy enough to include them in their election strategy."

McHugh said he thought voting using a mobile phone is a few years away yet.

"Obviously privacy and security issues would be a concern along with the margin for error, but hopefully in the future it's something that can be overcome and get more of the population making a difference."

Alberto Nardelli, founder of Tweetminster.co.uk, a service which aims to make politics more transparent by giving users access to the Twitter posts from MPs and politicians, said it was surprising that none of the UK parties had placed mobile at the core of their campaigns.

"In a context where young voters and first-time voters can be decisive, it will be interesting to see which party first experiments with mobile".

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