Poll: We Trust Online Banking, So Why Not Try Online Balloting?

It's the Age of Digital Everything, so should American elections have an Internet option?

Votenet Solutions Inc. says it has conducted nearly 30,000 Internet elections involving 16.6 million people worldwide, citing clients such as trade associations, colleges, Realtor groups, pension boards and municipalities. San Diego-based Everyone Counts has run online public elections in Chicago, Denver, Honolulu and New South Wales, Australia. So it’s not a fantasy that a vote for Congress or president might one day be conducted online.  But are Internet elections an invitation to fraud?  Banks rely on the Net. Why not registrars of voters?

Deena While June 06, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Hey there Joe, You must have had an inexperienced poll worker. There were several absentee ballots dropped off, including the one I dropped off for my husband when I voted. They were all accepted. What a bummer!
BP June 06, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I agree completely. Paper ballots at a polling place are the safest and surest way to stem fraud. There will still be cases where organized corruption will come into play, but personal voting with photo ID is the safest (even Mexico requires photo ID). Domestic and international hacking takes place every day in some of the most secure systems.
greg Chick June 07, 2012 at 01:52 AM
If my bank missed a deposit, I would know it. I wonder how we would know if our vote got counted ? Greg Chick
Alexis Shenhassy June 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
You would know if your vote was counted correctly if the voting system has a voter verified audit trail. Basically, after voting you get a receipt number, and when the election is over they publish an anonymous list of all votes with receipt numbers. You can look up your receipt on this list and make sure that your vote was counted correctly. One online voting software that offers this is Simply Voting http://www.simplyvoting.com
greg Chick June 07, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Well thanks, that sounds ok with me, I am ready for bites, instead of chads.


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