If I look into the future of what our kids will use to vote when they are adults, I see computerized voting. I mean, come on, everything else is going digital – why not voting? The good news is that e-voting is here. The bad news is that it seems to have some glitches.
Techmeme linked to a New York Times article by Clive Thompson titled "Can You Count On These Machines?". I posted about my positive experience last year using eSlate on the Silicon Valley Moms Blog. My blogger buddy Sarah Granger also posted on the E-Voting Dilmena. Her post mentioned the Verified Voting Foundation. When I took a visit to that site, I saw them state that electronic miscounts are not theory – but fact. That site also had a link to an article by the NC Charlotte Observer titled "NC: Paper trail on voting devices a bumpy road".
Ok, I get it – with electronic voting there can be lost counts. But what about the famous dimple, chad and butterfly ballot debacle of Election 2000? It seems paper voting has it’s own set of problems. In my past life I was in system auditing so my two cents are to make sure there is an audit trail – in paper and digital. Sarah’s post mentioned that some e-voting machines have the option to verify your vote with a paper audit trail – but it is up to the voter to request.
So voters, don’t be afraid to join the digital age with e-voting but do your part and ask if there is a way to verify your vote with paper.