Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promises of Digital by R. Michael Alvarez

By R. Michael Alvarez

Because the 2000 presidential election, the USA has been embroiled in debates approximately digital balloting. Critics say the recent applied sciences invite tampering and fraud. Advocates say they improve the accuracy of vote counts and make casting ballots easier--and eventually foster larger political participation. digital Elections cuts throughout the media spin to evaluate the benefits and dangers linked to alternative ways of casting ballots--and indicates how e-voting will be the way forward for American democracy. Elections via nature are fraught with danger. Michael Alvarez and Thad corridor totally study the diversity of prior equipment and the recent applied sciences which have been created to attempt to reduce hazard and safely mirror the desire of citizens. Drawing upon a wealth of latest facts on how other kinds of digital balloting machines have played in contemporary elections national, they review the safety matters which were the topic of rather a lot media consciousness, and think about the affects the recent computer-based recommendations is having on voter participation. Alvarez and corridor clarify why some great benefits of e-voting can outweigh the demanding situations, they usually argue that media assurance of the recent applied sciences has emphasised their difficulties whereas nearly ignoring their huge, immense strength for empowering extra voters to vote. The authors additionally supply how one can enhance balloting applied sciences and to strengthen more desirable technique of imposing and comparing those platforms. digital Elections makes a case for the way e-voting can paintings within the usa, displaying why making it paintings correct is vital to the long run vibrancy of the democratic approach.

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Interestingly, most computer systems have this same problem. When we deposit money into an ATM, we do so trusting that the bank will remove money from the deposit bin in the ATM and place the money in the correct bank account. We trust that when we purchase gas and use our credit card, that the purchase will be accurately recorded against our account. When we send an email message, we trust that the innards of our computer will parse the words we type into smaller packets correctly, that those packets will be sent error-free across the country (or world), and that they will be reconstructed again correctly on the receiver’s end.

We have examined fifty machines from across the county, and none of the machines show a single ballot in any memory registry. This problem is obviously disastrous. Unfortunately, it is not the only problem we have. In our two medium-sized counties we have complete election results for all races. However, the results for the presidential race are highly CRITICISMS OF ELECTRONIC VOTING 31 anomalous in both counties. In the first county, 80 percent of the votes are for the Democratic candidate, but 65 percent of voters voted for a Republican in each of the next three races.

The media coverage was intense but often lacked basic information that the public needed to understand the CRITICISMS OF ELECTRONIC VOTING 33 debate. 2 This debate was made even murkier because doctors who study drug risk viewed this debate much differently than did doctors who prescribe the medication. Much like the debate over electronic voting, the practitioners and the researchers often came to different conclusions about risk when looking at the exact same evidence. For Europeans, the problem of the risk society was brought to the fore in the 1990s by the outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans,3 an outbreak that threatened the European food supply.

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