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User Rank: Apprentice
4/23/2014 | 5:07:12 PM
Re: Not the only reason...
The biggest issue in elections is legitimacy. With literally hundreds of thousands of people involved in the elections process, the air of legitimacy instilled by such this melange of citizens is comforting.  

That's not to say that there cannot be a foolproof method of undertaking elections using technology, just that the systems currently in place are far from warm and fuzzy. And its probably getting worse not better.  The greater the appearnace of surrepticious infiltration by legitimate and rogue elements in online environments, the more online "anything" breeds uncertainty.

In some cases, such as corporate elections and the like - this may be tolerable becuase we expect the largest shareholders wealthy will control the process anyway.  

But when it comes to getting the government we all want, even if there are 25 dead people who vote in Chicago - I trust that the friends and neighbors in my local community - some capable and some not - who now manage the elections process - are far more trustworthy in conducting an election than some invisible black box.  

I willingly will sacrifice efficient murkiness for messy transparency.   
User Rank: Apprentice
4/11/2014 | 4:06:26 PM
Not the only reason...
One of the main issues with voting online isn't technilogical.  

The reason many democracies forbid voters from bringing cell phones into voting booths is because people are supposed to vote according to their own concience and without outside influence.  One of the issues with oniline voting is you lose control over that.  There is no way to make sure that, for instance, a husband isn't standing over the shoulder of his wife, telling her which way they must vote.

I, myself, head a project whose goal is to provide sophisticated online voting but also provides improved technology for paper and touchscreen voting in order to make running poling stations cheaper and easier.  Our approach is to use technology to improve and make accessible all popular methods of voting.  
Drew Conry-Murray
Drew Conry-Murray,
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4/10/2014 | 10:34:00 AM
Re: Online voting
This sentence from the article caught my eye: "Scytl products incorporate cryptographic protocols and end-to-end encryption for privacy and confidentiality during the voting process."

As the NSA revelations about crypto back doors and the current panic around Heartbleed demonstrate, it's really really hard to get tamper-proof cryptographic systems right. Even if the actual cryptography itself is solid, there are always systems around it, including the human element, where things can go wrong. I'm highly suspicious of Internet voting. Our current system isn't perfect, and will always have some measure of fraud, but it still seems better to me than moving it online.
User Rank: Author
4/9/2014 | 7:33:53 PM
Online voting
It's a fair question: If we can instruct our banks to send funds to another bank - via our smartphones, no less -- why can't send in our votes.  But everyone who's tried runs into the same reality: Voting is a messy, highly localized business, made up of civic volunteers, in communities that often don't have the resources to support  reliable e-voting.  A secure web-based voting system is the answer, but laws also need to be updated, and prtoections put in place so the digitally inclined don't have more voting poiwer than the digitally handicapped.
Randy Naramore
Randy Naramore,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/9/2014 | 2:42:24 PM
Re: online voting
First thoughts of online voting are scary but the way we vote now with paper ballots still has alot of fraud. Maybe with the use of OTPs the online way may not be too far fetched (BIG MAYBE). This option is still a long way off but I can definitely see it coming. Thoughts?
User Rank: Author
4/9/2014 | 12:34:08 PM
online voting
For the past several years, I've been wondering why we can progress to online voting and have to still do thing based on last century's technology. 

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