Missing The Point About Online Voting In Canada
from the if-no-one's-worried-about-security,-it's-not-a-problem dept
Coming just a week after a report harshly criticized plans for internet-based voting in the US, Canadians are saying that we should just calm down about it. Looking at their results from an election that offered internet voting, they seem to think everything is wonderful when you vote online. Their proof? They got plenty more people than expected to vote, including many who said they’d never voted before. To be sure, that’s great news. However, it completely misses the point. The problem with internet voting, as explained in the study, is that it’s simply not secure – and the potential that it can be tampered with is too great to just ignore. The Canadians completely brush this off by quoting a study they did saying that the voters who didn’t vote online weren’t avoiding it due to security. It’s a little scary how much this misses the point. The point isn’t whether or not people will use it because of security concerns – but whether or not those security risks are real. Who really cares whether or not the voters are concerned about security? The people tasked with guaranteeing the election’s integrity are the ones who need to be concerned about the security of the system.