California Report Cautious on "E-Voting"

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Just imagine the spike in voter participation if you could cast your ballot over the Internet. As good as the idea sounds, the last figure to make a national issue out of electronic voting was Ross Perot in 1992, and that was before most of us had even heard of the Internet.

Yesterday an official California panel recommended a go-slow approach to voting over the Internet, saying "e-voting" could help expand the democratic process but was still too fraught with security problems to be useful now. The joint task force concluded that online voting should be phased in slowly, first by wiring traditional polling places with Internet terminals, then gradually moving toward the goal of "point and click" voting from home. MORE >>