It’s a known fact that we’d have better government if more citizens made their voices/votes heard. So, I vote for a new voting system! Come on, Estonia has online voting — so should the USA!
Manual balloting has no place in the modern world. Haven’t we learned anything from the Hanging Chads of the 2000 election? Just last week a whole bunch of votes went missing in Iowa – the board of elections had to shake the local precinct captain out of bed to find them. What the heck???
Online Voting — Let’s do it!
- Electronic balloting should replace manual balloting. No more hanging chads. No more lost votes. No more stuffed ballot boxes.
- Everyone should be able to vote online – no need to trek into a polling place.
- Give people more time to cast their votes. Voting should take place over the course of one week.
- Online balloting would also be available in any language.
- Online balloting could also show live results of current voting activity.
- Online balloting will make Absentee Balloting unnecessary and save millions in postage.
- Active duty Armed Services personnel should be able to also vote online
- Do away with voter registration; instead your social security number becomes your username of which to log in. (Individuals would also be able to pick a password – part of a National Identity card – more on that in another post).
- For individuals that don’t have access to computers* – they would be invited to vote at local libraries. Also computer retailers such as Apple stores would be encouraged to open terminals to voters (a good sales tool as well). (According to recent Nielsen Report, more than 80% of Americans now have a computer in their homes, and of those, almost 92% have Internet access)
- A secure unhackable system would need to be engineered. The technology exists today.
Implementing electronic online voting would:
- Rid the world of chads
- Greatly increase the number of people voting in elections
- Reduce/eliminate election fraud
- Deliver instantaneous election results
- Greatly reduce the current 1 billion dollar cost of running the elections (poll workers, election observers)
- Eliminate the need for people to take time out of the workday – hard to put a price on 1 hour of lost time to the U.S. economy – but another billion would be more than a fair guess.
- And finally yes, if more people voted we’d have better government.
*In the 2008 presidential election, 71% percent of voting-age citizens were registered to vote, of which 64% percent voted. Overall, 131 million people voted.