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Internet Voting Gets the Green Light

By skim123 in News
Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 09:01:01 AM EST
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According to this article from Yahoo, the Democratic Primary in Arizona will allow voting via the Internet. Of course this raises a lot of concerns, mainly security and preventing folks from stuffing the ballot. I wonder how far away we are from Internet voting on general elections.


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Internet Voting Gets the Green Light | 8 comments (8 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
As long as Internet usage is not un... (4.00 / 1) (#2)
by Philipp on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 03:24:03 AM EST

Philipp voted 1 on this story.

As long as Internet usage is not universial, this might not be such a good idea. This makes it easy for the affluent to cast their vote, while Joe NonDigital Sixpack has to find the voting office by foot.

alias kn 'killall -9 netscape-communicator'

Hmmm this kind of thing is happenin... (1.00 / 1) (#1)
by fvw on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 05:32:58 AM EST

fvw voted 1 on this story.

Hmmm this kind of thing is happening a lot lately... (Announcements that is, I don't know if any major election has already been done online).

Re: Hmmm this kind of thing is happenin... (none / 0) (#5)
by ramses0 on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 12:15:38 PM EST

At our campus university we held a special election for Student Government with the option for students to vote online.

Rather than tracking down wherever the voting booth was at certain hours of the day, you could go to a lab (or do it at home) and vote whenever you wanted to.

We had it a little better off than a typical election as far as the ability to authenticate users. Basically since each student is allowed only one email address, and the email addresses has to be of the form '*@utdallas.edu', it was a simple matter to allow students to "register" for online voting, then spam a secret PIN number to their email address, allowing them to come back, log in, and cast their vote.

<pre>
VOTING STATISTICS (from the system)

64 Unique People Registered to Vote
43 People Actually Voted

USER STATISTICS (self-reported)

Major:
16 CS/EE
5 Natural Sciences
4 MIS /BUS
3 Govt
1 Arts& Humanities

Classification
11 Senior
7 Junior
5 Freshman
4 Sophmore

Opinion of Online Voting
29 Very Useful
1 No Difference
2 Not Useful
</pre>

It's only campus student government elections, but hey, it's a start. (Voting -results- have been clipped because they're not that interesting, these are just some statistics)

--Robert


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Interesting... Could be the first s... (2.00 / 1) (#3)
by kraant on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 06:34:04 AM EST

kraant voted 1 on this story.

Interesting... Could be the first step back to direct democracy...
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Re: Interesting... Could be the first s... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by fluffy grue on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 11:28:08 AM EST

Well, the USA never had a direct democracy. When the government was being set up, they realized that direct democracy can only work on a small scale if you want to actually get any work done. As a result, it's always been a representative democracy.



However, this does bring back a lot of why we have a representative democracy - the idea is that the general public votes on those who represent them. Hopefully this will make a representative democracy much more representative, unlike the current state where only special interests vote, and so only special interests get any representation.



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Re: Interesting... Could be the first s... (none / 0) (#6)
by kraant on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 02:01:32 PM EST


Well, the USA never had a direct democracy. When the government was being set up, they realized that direct democracy can only work on a small scale if you want to actually get any work done. As a result, it's always been a representative democracy.



TWIAVBP (The World is a very big place)



HTH



However, this does bring back a lot of why we have a representative democracy - the idea is that the general public votes on those who represent them. Hopefully this will make a representative democracy much more representative, unlike the current state where only special interests vote, and so only special interests get any representation.


Well personaly I reckon that it is a good thing because it will make voting less of a chore...

The next step is to make the definition of a free democratic society one where everyone is connected to the net ;)



daniel - *g*
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Re: Interesting... Could be the first s... (none / 0) (#7)
by fluffy grue on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 08:24:03 PM EST

I'm well aware of the size of the world, which is why I went to great pains to point out I was talking about the US government, not "our government" (meaning yours and mine) or whatever. Jeeze, even when I make an extreme effort to not be an Amerocentric, I still get flamed for it. What's with you foreign people? ;)

(That was a joke, BTW, hence that abuse of punctuation. I'm well aware of the fact that I'm a foreign people to non-Americans.)
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Re: Internet Voting Gets the Green Light (none / 0) (#8)
by Perpetual Newbie on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 11:41:59 PM EST

One concern that I have with Internet Voting is that if I know the US Gov't, they're going to take a "let's ignore security and just arrest anyone who fools with it, that didn't vote for us" approach to security. And if I know script kiddies, they're going to try to get the Gov't to fix the systems by showing how easy they can be broken, without thinking about the consequences or more likely assuming the Gov't wouldn't prosecute them for being helpful. And there are going to be a lot of these kids who are going to have some very serious charges slapped against them.

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