voting: convenient or inherently flawed?
this feature poses a question for discussion. Responses are published on
a two-month cycle, and reader comments will appear in April.
With the recent
voting problems that occurred during the 2000 U.S. Presidential election
and violence that occurs during elections in some other countries, discussions
are taking place about the need for electronic voting.
Voting Task Force of California, USA, is one of the leaders in the movement
to implement electronic voting. Such a system, which would allow greater
convenience, safety and easier access for voters, is being considered in
the United States, the United Kingdom and some countries in South America.
If the Task
Force's gradual four-step plan were adhered to, voters would be able to
cast ballots using Internet connections at their local polls, and then
in time, ultimately be able to vote from other polls, libraries and even
But Dr. Rebecca
Mercuri, an expert in the field of electronic voting who was requested
by the U.S. Democratic Party Recount Committee to testify to the necessity
of a Florida hand recount in the 2000 U.S. election, said there is an inherent
problem with voter privacy in such a system.
"There is no
way to separate the pass code (password) from the ballot," Mercuri said.
"They both transmit together, and therefore the vendor has access to the
voter's password. There is also no way to audit or verify votes. Finally,
there is the usual concern for hackers and viruses, as well as the potential
What do you
think? Do you support a system of Internet voting? If so, why? Or, will
e-voting create more problems than it can solve?