[LINK] FLORIDA FIASCO MIGHT HELP USHER IN AGE OF NET VOTING
Wed, 15 Nov 2000 09:56:28 +1000
Not just in Canberra, then.
Note one major US paper is blasting the US-ians for their complacency about
their democracy, and the corresponding low voter turnout.
>FLORIDA FIASCO MIGHT HELP USHER IN AGE OF NET VOTING
>With all the recent difficulties that traditional election technologies have
>been experiencing, some pundits have begun to talk in earnest about whether
>it's time to take a closer look at Internet balloting. However, a
>significant number of people still believe online voting is a bad idea, due
>to privacy, hacking and online fraud. "There's a fundamental distrust of
>government's ability to deliver a complex technology project," says Alfred
>Charles, California assistant secretary of state for e-government. His
>office earlier this year ran a pilot program that concluded Internet voting
>is still several years off. Paul Doscher, Executive Vice President of
>Entrust Technologies Inc., a Texas-based provider of digital security
>software, hopes the increasing acceptance of online shopping and banking
>will help adults get more comfortable with voting the same way. One of the
>key factors, he says, is secure digital signature technology. Many netizens
>say they're already keen to vote as they shop. An Oct. 31 survey by Los
>Angeles-based e-mall BizRate.com showed 72 percent of 7,200 online shoppers
>polled would prefer to vote online in the next presidential election. This
>month's Florida Fiasco could add impetus to the drive.
>[Source: San Jose Mercury News, Author: Peter Delevett]