People are perpetually popping up in all my media streams insisting that online voting is the way forward. It seems so obvious. And yet, it's simultaneously completely wrong. If you think that online voting is a good idea, you must (seriously, you have to) watch this video.
Realise that just about every other democracy uses a system similar to the US' (in theory at least, and only for the actual vote).
@meejah I'm pretty sure there's a lot of online voting going on in Canada... perhaps only at the local level... but that's a very slippery slope... will see if I can find a reference or two.
@lightweight My city had a plebiscite that was electronic-counted paper ballots as "a test" but all the real local elections are also hand-counted hand-marked paper..
@meejah electronically counted hand marked ballots, amazingly, is a really really good use of technology... that's because it always has the backstop of a manual recount.
@lightweight It misses "auditable" though, and scrutineers don't get to do anything. I think it's just as bad as fully electronic -- and it's solving a non-problem anyway (we already count elections quickly).
@meejah yup. Germany (a country that knows a thing or two about autocracy and corruption of democracy) decided that electronic voting machines were unconstitutional (never mind full blow fuckwitted online voting).
@meejah their rationale: scrutineers for any election must be drawn from the general population - the process must be comprehensible to any/all laypeople. I think that's an excellent benchmark for democratic processes.
@lightweight Yes! That's exactly why I don't want to give up hand-counted, hand-marked paper ballots. Literally anyone can learn to audit the whole process in a few minutes. Can't buy trust like that.
@meejah actually, I'm mistaken: we have in-person advanced voting, but in fewer voting places... And yes, postal voting tends to be reserved for our very complex local gov't voting (we have lots of democratically elected institutions in NZ, e.g. our public health system + local gov't + community boards).
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