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WhatsApp welcomes a chatbot to encourage people to vote

While the presidential election will take place on April 10 and 24, WhatsApp is adopting a first chatbot to encourage young adults to register on the electoral rolls and vote.

Created by Meta France (formerly Facebook) and the A Voté association, this chatbot has been available this week on the famous instant messaging application. A tool that supports the campaigns carried out across France to encourage young voters to participate in this election, but also in the legislative elections of June 12 and 19. Because according to an Ifop poll for the Sunday Journal published on December 13, 59% of 18-30 year olds registered on the electoral rolls plan to abstain in the first round of the presidential election.

An important issue during an election period therefore consists of motivating young voters, who are often poorly registered on the electoral lists or sometimes disinterested in politics. In order to answer their questions and give them advice, the non-political association A Voté allows you to converse with this citizen chatbot.

Practical information explained

To access it, all you have to do is open WhatsApp and say hello by starting a conversation with the number +33 6 22 26 69 50. You can also start the conversation by clicking on the following link. A QR code is also available below to activate it directly.

Once the conversation is launched via a first “hello”, the application provides practical information (election dates, registrations at polling stations, etc.). The idea is to make sure with their interlocutor that he has not made a mistake in registering, to know if he is registered at the right polling station after a move for example, if he does not has not been struck off since the previous elections or even explain concretely how to implement a proxy vote if necessary.

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