No Confidence Vote


Florida county tests Internet voting.

I am not optimistic. Sure, a controlled experiment involving a few hundred voters might work well, and at that scale the impact of mistakes would likely be minimal.

The net-voting mechanism may actually be superior to the iffy electronic machines we use at the polls:

Technically speaking, the ODBP program has little in common with touchscreen voting machines, which are still widely used. The stripped-down laptops to be used by voters have less hardware to exploit than a standard touchscreen unit does. Voters are required to print out an anonymous record of their vote, and turn it in to kiosk workers. In case of a problem, whether it's a major software failure or a suspected intrusion, the paper records can be checked against the electronic ballots. To safeguard against underreporting (one of the biggest concerns with touchscreen voting machines), users are also allowed to print out an additional receipt, which can be used to verify that their vote made it into the final tally.
But can anyone who deals with Internet commerce and security -- or has followed the saga of electronic voting machines -- believe that widespread voting on the net is a good idea anytime soon?