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Elections Upgrade - an Intranet voting proposal by the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J. A creative solution and persuasive editorial - check it out!

03/27/2001 "Americans Want Modernized Voting System - Poll " (Reuters)

"Americans think their voting system needs a technological overhaul but draw the line at voting on the Internet, a new study released on Tuesday showed. According to the report, 69 percent of the 1,000 Americans surveyed in early March believed using new technologies for voting would produce more accurate results. An almost equal number -- 61 percent -- said they would approve tax dollars if it was used to improve the existing voting system."

03/06/2001 "Report: Web voting at home, work not the answer" (AP) (CNN)

"Voters should not be allowed to cast ballots through the Internet from home or the workplace because significant questions about security, reliability and social effects remain, says a report commissioned by the National Science Foundation. The report urged elections officials to resist pressures to embrace "remote Internet voting systems" as the technological cure for the problems that afflicted the presidential election in November, such as faulty voting systems and inconsistent standards for ballot counting."

""E-voting requires a much greater level of security than e-commerce -- it's not like buying a book over the Internet," said C.D. Mote Jr., chairman of the committee that studied the issue and president of the University of Maryland. "Remote Internet voting technology will not be able to meet this standard for years to come." The report also cautioned that Internet-based voting registration poses "a risk to the integrity of the voting process and should not be implemented in the foreseeable future.""

02/01/2001 "No E(asy) Cure" (Scientific American)

"Overall, it seems unlikely that electronic voting would fix the kind of problem that happened in Florida, where the margin for error in the voting systems was greater than the margin of victory. Of course, e-voting would have spared all those dedicated poll workers from hours of ballot checking, prevented the seemingly endless court battles over recounts and kept chad jokes at bay. But even if you could prove that electronic systems were the most reliable--doubtful, considering the Y2K bug--democracy is in part about perception and the reinforcement of trust. There is a comforting, ritual quality to that painstaking ballot counting and its close, bipartisan observance. In a narrow election decided wholly by electronic voting, there would be no comparable way to convince people that every vote really did count."

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Last updated 05/27/2001