Forget Fixing E-Voting Machines; Why Not Just Jump All The Way To Internet Voting?
from the slow-down,-skippy dept
Just as we've been hearing more and more stories about e-voting glitches that should have everyone wondering whether we're really ready to automate elections in this manner, one company in the space is pushing in the other direction. VoteHere, one of the biggest lobbyists in support of laws that required e-voting machines, is saying we should jump right on over to internet voting. The company's founder actually can stand up and say "the technology is done" with a straight face. Considering the myriad problems with e-voting machines already (and the unwillingness of any firm to admit to the problems with e-voting) it would seem like perhaps we need a little more proof about the safety, security and accuracy of internet voting before we just accept the word of a company in the space. They point to some "small scale" tests as proof that the system works, claiming that hackers tried and failed to impact those elections. Of course, once again, there's no way to know if that's true, or if the hackers were just good enough to hide their trail. More importantly, the difference between a small scale election and a large scale, national, Presidential election is one of huge orders of magnitude in both users and importance. Hopefully the debate over problems in e-voting have enough attention that politicians won't blindly rush to an equally questionable solution -- but we're not holding our breath here.