New PDF release: Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promises of Digital
By R. Michael Alvarez
Because the 2000 presidential election, the USA has been embroiled in debates approximately digital balloting. Critics say the hot applied sciences invite tampering and fraud. Advocates say they increase the accuracy of vote counts and make casting ballots easier--and finally foster higher political participation. digital Elections cuts during the media spin to evaluate the benefits and dangers linked to alternative ways of casting ballots--and exhibits how e-voting may be the way forward for American democracy. Elections by means of nature are fraught with hazard. Michael Alvarez and Thad corridor totally research the diversity of earlier tools and the hot applied sciences which were created to attempt to lessen chance and effectively mirror the need of electorate. Drawing upon a wealth of recent info on how other forms of digital vote casting machines have played in contemporary elections national, they overview the protection matters which have been the topic of a lot media awareness, and think about the affects the hot computer-based ideas is having on voter participation. Alvarez and corridor clarify why some great benefits of e-voting can outweigh the demanding situations, they usually argue that media insurance of the hot applied sciences has emphasised their difficulties whereas almost ignoring their huge, immense power for empowering extra voters to vote. The authors additionally provide how one can increase vote casting applied sciences and to advance more advantageous technique of enforcing and comparing those structures. digital Elections makes a case for the way e-voting can paintings within the usa, displaying why making it paintings correct is key to the long run vibrancy of the democratic technique.
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Extra resources for Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promises of Digital Democracy
County election officials and the voting machine vendor are currently attempting to determine if the ballots are in either of the two redundant data storage devices within the voting machines. We have examined fifty machines from across the county, and none of the machines show a single ballot in any memory registry. This problem is obviously disastrous. Unfortunately, it is not the only problem we have. In our two medium-sized counties we have complete election results for all races. However, the results for the presidential race are highly CRITICISMS OF ELECTRONIC VOTING 31 anomalous in both counties.
Two examples illustrate this point. Blind individuals can vote using punch cards only by having someone read them the choices and then voting the selected candidates. However, this forces blind individuals to trust that the ballot is being marked as requested and puts these voters in the position of having their vote choice overheard by others. Likewise, elderly individuals with limited manual dexterity can similarly be forced to have someone in the voting booth with them who would know how they voted.
Electronic Voting in the Risk Society The critiques of electronic voting are typically presented as an engineering problem without consideration of how other events and phenomena in society affect our views of electronic voting. Although the potential problems with electronic voting are well elucidated by the critics, they are rarely placed within a sociopolitical context or framework, as is done in similar debates in other policy areas. We put the debate over electronic voting within this political framework in chapter 4, but we focus on how electronic voting fits within a broader sociological construct about risk.
Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promises of Digital Democracy by R. Michael Alvarez