Friday, July 09, 2004

Electronic elections... why?

The Register ran a story today about the protocols needed to get e-voting right, in a secure way. That's all fine and dandy, but I'm still not entirely sure why we need it. We've had an awful lot of experience with old-fashioned paper-based voting and it's much easier to keep secure than electronic voting. Sure, it's slow, but that's a price I'm willing to pay for democracy (*cough*Florida*cough*). E-voting seems like a solution to a non-existant problem to me. And I quite enjoy the act of going round to a primary school every few years, getting my little piece of paper and putting my cross in it (or numbering it, or whatever, depending on the voting system being used). This whole postal/text/electronic voting malarky is just pandering to the terminally lazy.

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