Electronic voting is a bad, bad idea.
One of the world's early adopters of electronic voting, Brazil, is reverting to paper votes because of budgetary woes. The decision was made by the Superior Electoral Court – in Portugese, here – in response to a roughly US$110-million (R$428 million) funding cut. The court is in the middle of a $51 million (R$200 million) …
Electronic may be easier to count, but for me doesn't meet the bill of being easily understandable, nor do I trust it.
Paper - a big pile of easily-examined votes for candidate "A" can be compared against the pile of votes for candidate "B", by any ordinary person.
Electronic needs intermediaries to examine the data & compile the results, with the non-expert being unlikely to be able to detect. And, given the pass of a few years, both the hardware & software are likely to be obsolete (think punched cards), effectively meaning analysis by later generations is difficult if not impossible.
went to "electronic" voting but with a paper ballot that is scanned into the system at the voting booth location.
The paper ballot shows all the candidates and provides a small circle next to each that you fill in with a black marker.
For an example, think SAT (Scholastic Aptitude) test form. Still can be verified as a paper ballot but much faster to count into the system.
The only thing I don't like is after this ballot is scanned in, you lose all traceability.
I would much prefer a method that would allow secure direct entry electronically by me from the comfort of my own computer. Something that I can verify and "watermark".
However, we would need a completely independent division of the State to administer such a system, one that includes the death penalty for ANY kind of fraud. Also needed would be a change to the entire voting system to truly allow "One Human, One Vote" and abolish the "Electoral College" that prevents that.
If that were a possibility, then the government could see results of citizen opinions on much more than just general elections and we could have a far more responsive government that was more in tune.
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