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Electronic voting is a BAD idea.
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There are those suggesting that instead of keeping the US postal service around and doing mail in ballots, we should "just go digital".  Computer security experts around the globe are quick to point out how disasterous that is based on the unique operation and challenges of elections in particular.



Paper ballots backed by census data provided to the friendly geriatrics running your polling place are still the best security method we have, and the security ensured by this system is naturally inherited by mail-in ballots.
"On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question." ~ Charles Babbage (1791-1871)
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Yeah, as good as a 'vote in a couple of minutes and then it's over!' concept sounds, such as the "worldwide vote that took five minutes" thing from Star Wars Episode 1 (when they mentioned how Padme was elected queen), in practice it's far too insecure to ever trust with something as important as an election, sadly. It'd be great if that was not the case, but it is. The internet is not that securable.
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(18th September 2020, 8:21 PM)A Black Falcon Wrote: Yeah, as good as a 'vote in a couple of minutes and then it's over!' concept sounds, such as the "worldwide vote that took five minutes" thing from Star Wars Episode 1 (when they mentioned how Padme was elected queen), in practice it's far too insecure to ever trust with something as important as an election, sadly. It'd be great if that was not the case, but it is. The internet is not that securable.
It's not even just that the internet is not entirely securable.  It's that voting presents unique challenges which can't be reliably attained even in theory online.
"On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question." ~ Charles Babbage (1791-1871)
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