We ave to insist that we go to a paper ballots system with electronic counting so we have a paper trail if disputed.
The US e-voting system is reported to have been hacked within 48 hours of the system going live, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. The researchers wrote in a paper that has now been released,
Within 48 hours of the system going live, we had gained near complete control of the election server. We successfully changed every vote and revealed almost every secret ballot.
The particular system they were working on was an online development that would allow US citizens abroad to vote via a web site rather than mailing in a ballot or using early voting registration.
The American people should demand a cease and desist on electronic voting, both the current system and the “online voting”. This example is just one of many that show the problems with the system.
If computer hackers can get in and manipulate votes, what would stop someone who doesn’t have to hack the system from manipulating votes?
In modern history we’ve had claims of voter fraud and I guess we always will simply because of the nature of man. However the solution is not to create a system that makes cheating easier, but more difficult. My assessment is that the electronic system is the easiest system to manipulate and we see that demonstrated by the University of Michigan’s report.
Furthermore, electronic voting does not leave a paper trail. Sure we had that entire fiasco in Florida with “hanging chads” and such, but at least we had something to see and touch and determine. In an electronic world we should not trust our votes to digital technology.
Our own government’s web sites have been hacked and shut down or redirected. If government cannot even keep its own sites secure are we sure they can keep online voting secure? I think not.