Come November, GOTV (Get Out The Vote) will be partly accomplished via smartphones. The Democrats have an advantage with that tactic as we all know from poring over how Barack Obama used technology to win in 2008.
THE ECONOMIST, no slouch when it comes to trends, focuses in the current issue on how those opposed to the Democrats (maybe think conservatives) could make voting more difficult. In Pennsylvania, for example, a law has been passed requiring up-to-date ID, as approved by some powers that be, in order to be allowed to vote. In what could be a close election that possible deterrent could put the GOP over the top not only in the presidential race but also those for U.S. Senate as here in Connecticut.
The Democrats have something to worry about. In the old days of Machine politics, they wouldn't have that angst. Their ward captains would be verifying that voters had the necessary ID. If they didn't the captains would see to it that they soon did. It was a good system that guaranteed results, that is, the right person was elected. In Hudson County, New Jersey, that right person then ensured jobs, clean streets, and rapid snow removal. That was the social contract under the Hague Machine. That operated as well as technology does currently.