July 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm #106718
Internet Voting is Coming to the USA!!
Now is the time for all prudent people to plan ahead. Internet voting is emerging in our election technology systems. It is a small shoot now, but it will grow. What are its possibilities — for good or ill? How can we be sure it works to improve the quality of our democracy?
Internet voting is cheaper and easier to administer than any paper-based system. And, remote Internet voting (by PC or cell phone from anywhere) is the most convenient system of them all, both for election officials and for the voters.
Security is manageable. Look at the security of military communications (the WikiLeaks thing did not involve a breach of online security, but an insider betrayal of trust). Encryption techniques used in the military can be applied to online voting. Big banks and other financial institutions have also honed their security skills. These measures are transferable to Internet voting.
At least eight nations in Europe, several provinces in Canada, and a few states in the US have had numerous successful Internet voting trials. It has been done, and continues to be done without security or operational glitches.
This year, Congress passed the MOVE Act (Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act). Soon, 33 states will be using some form of Internet voting for their overseas voters. Note that all the arguments against Internet voting were heard and considered by Congress and the states before deciding that it was prudent to go ahead with the project. After this massive trial in Nov 2010, the way will be paved for domestic trials.
Now is the time to start discussing implementation issues. What are the election officials for overseas voters in these 33 states doing to implement the MOVE Act? Are they doing things that are the same for all 33, or are there differences? What problems are they encountering? What solutions work best? What are their worries?
Lets discuss Best Practices leading up to November, and after that do a review of the process.
William J. Kelleher, Ph.D.
July 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm #106726
What are the procedures, if any, to prevent voter fraud? How will the states verify an individual is:
2. A citizen of the United States
3. A resident of their jurisdiction
4. Old enough to vote
5. Has not already voted absentee
6. Is not voting in another jurisdiction
7. Has not been barred from voting (felons etc)
I strongly believe internet voting has a great deal of potential if linked with biometric identifiers and following a complete audit of existing voter lists. But the trend of various jurisdictions turning a blind eye to baltent vote stealing is not comforting and moving voting to the internet could be the ballot theft equivialant of throwing gasoline on a lit match.
July 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm #106724
Peter makes an extremely important point. Some states, e.g. AZ, have biometric IDs for voters, mostly made at the DMV. Where this has been done, Peter’s 1 thru 7 will be covered.
July 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm #106722
Fox News accuses the Department of Justice of “ignoring” the MOVE Act, in disregard of our military voters.
DOJ, says Fox, is allowing a misuse of the Act’s “waiver” provision by states that just don’t seem to want to be bothered with overseas voters.
August 4, 2010 at 3:43 pm #106720
Interesting concept. How will the ‘secret ballot’ be preserved. Presumably the same algorithms that verify a person’s identity from a biometric device could be used to tie a specific vote to a specific voter.
I do not trust this and would prefer a paper trail.
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