Election and Technology
maule at LAW.VILLANOVA.EDU
Wed Nov 8 16:23:15 PST 2000
As I sat in front of the TV in the middle of the early morning (having napped before and after) I wondered why it was taking so long to count things in a digital speed-of-light 21st century.
These posts about missing ballots, miscounting, and voters making errors on paper ballots get me thinking about how antiquated our voting technology is. We use machines in Pennsylvania which permits setting levers and changing them until the moment of pulling the big lever.
I thought about the Internet... subject to fraud and hacking? Perhaps no less so than what happens with the current methods. But at least the Internet technology permits letting the voter "see" whom they've selected before clicking on a 'final submission' button. Likewise internet technology would permit sizing the fonts so visually challenged folks would have an easier time seeing the ballot.
Just some thoughts with a tangential impact on the issue(s) under consideration.
Professor of Law
Villanova University School of Law
Villanova PA 19085
maule at law.villanova.edu
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