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Voting Machine

Today’s Businessweek did an excellent job of reporting about our broken election system. The story focused on the 10-15 year old voting machines we use across America. I had written in Election Attitude about this and many other problems in our registration and voting systems, but Businessweek drilled down deep into the history and future of our antiquated machines. Reliability is a big problem, but potential fraud is another concern. Although there is no evidence the outcome of an election has ever been changed by fraud, there are suspicious cases such as Businessweek reported where voting machines failed to count all the votes which were cast. In one county in Tennessee, more than 1,000 votes were cast but not counted. The uncounted votes were from a community consisting of mostly African American citizens. A lawsuit is underway. Many voting machines rely on Windows 2000 software which has not had a security update from Microsoft since 2010. A known bug in the voting machine software causes votes to be read but not be counted. Some voting jurisdictions have fixed the problem and others have not. In Election Attitude, I recommend a voting solution using mobile devices, the Internet, and blockchain technology. The solution is not in place yet, but many believe a secure, private, and verifiable system can be built. Anti-Internet voting activists believe Internet voting is a bad solution. They compare Internet voting to a perfect system we will never have instead of comparing it to what Businessweek called a “Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete” voting system. See the full story at The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete.  Read more about the American system of voting in Election Attitude.

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