Ed Schweppe (edschweppe) wrote,
Ed Schweppe

Vox populi, vox (a couple of) dei (s early)

Since I'm going to be out of town next Tuesday, which happens to be the USAian Election Day, I stopped by town hall this afternoon and cast my ballot. And I can feel reasonably certain that my vote will be counted properly, since Acton uses machine-readable paper ballots.

There's been a lot of debate over how poor the security, reliability and recountability of the electronic voting machines is. Frankly, I see an easy technical solution: keep the touchscreen UI, but have each touchscreen machine print a plain-paper, human-readable, filled-in ballot which goes in the box to be counted. The printout can have fancy barcodes to speed up automated counting, too; but the key is that the voter can doublecheck that the votes are as intended before putting the ballot in the box.

Of course, that's a technical solution to a political problem. Sigh. Ah, well, at least I know my vote's in.
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