The E-Voting Roundtable

from the don't-kill-each-other... dept

John Paczkowski from the San Jose Mercury News is running an excellent online roundtable discussion concerning electronic voting. The discussion includes people who are strongly opinionated on all sides of the debate -- which makes for some entertaining reading. My problem with those defending the current system is that their arguments tend to fall into three categories: (1) old systems are just as bad (2) e-voting with paper backup has its own problems and (3) the systems just work, okay? All three of these strike me as being weak arguments. Just because the old systems don't work well and because paper backups have their own problems it doesn't mean we shouldn't be striving to come up with better systems. The last one is just laughable. First, part of the problem is that it's difficult to tell whether or not they actually work, because there's no way to check them out. And, there are way too many incidents where the e-voting machines have clearly been shown not to work. With that background, why not add a better system to make sure those who want to vote can actually vote properly?
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Essential Reading
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.