The staff at Nobodyisflyingtheplane is staunchly pro tech, no doubt about that, but tech cannot be and must not be expected to solve every problem. This is not to say the process of voting doesn’t need to be fixed. It does. Technology may at some point provide some solutions.
In the mean time there are plenty of non tech solutions out there. I voted in minutes with no lines. That wasn’t because of tech. It was logistics, there was nobody in line at my polling place. Open more polling places. Have a national holiday so people don’t wait in lines before and after work. Spread the crowds throughout the day. Let people apply on the internet for timed tickets with 1 hour windows in which they can show up and vote.
We can use tech to assist without jumping right to online e-voting. Filling out a paper ballot then putting it through a scanner yourself at the polling place takes advantage of electronic reporting and paper recording keeping. Voting on an electronic voting machine which immediately gives you and the electoral board a printed receipt works too.
We need a more uniform process nationwide that takes advantage of but doesn’t rely solely on technology.
A secure and trusted process is better than immediate results. Don’t assume that its a bad thing when Florida takes several days to report results. Sure it inflames the senses, but its secure and verifiable.
Why do we believe we should have election results immediately? Anyone else have any other voting ideas?
NYTimes: Casting a Ballot by Smartphone http://nyti.ms/RuEj6B