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University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone 259

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from the rock-the-vote-from-home dept.
smitty_one_each writes in with this story about a professor developing a new electronic voting system. "A Clemson University professor is developing a new electronic voting system that will allow voters to cast their ballots from home computers, tablets and smartphones. As Clemson's chair of human-centered computing, Juan Gilbert has lead teams of students over the last 10 years to create an online voting system accessible at home or on the go that will be more accurate, have increased verification and make voting more accessible to people with disabilities by offering mobile and voice-command options."
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University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone

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  • Nope (Score:5, Informative)

    by dugancent (2616577) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @07:59PM (#45874173)

    As long as there is the ability for someone to stand behind you and make sure vote a certain way, I won't support it. No one knows how I vote when I step into a voting booth.

  • Re:Won't happen (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 05, 2014 @08:48PM (#45874513)

    Generally, the smarter a person gets, the more republican they tend to lean in ideology even if they insist on remaining democrats or liberals.

    Except that studies consistently result in findings contrary to that assertion. Higher intelligence is associated with politically liberal views almost across the board, with a secondary emphasis on movement toward the political center. Conservative ideology does not become more prevalent with increases in either intelligence or educations.

    Decent survey of literature here:


    Your bias also shows in your anecdote about voter ID laws--empirically, Republicans are responsible for most election-related shenanigans. But then again, someone getting preemptively defensive about accusing people of an impliedly illogical "insistence" on "remaining" liberal might simply prefer to ignore the evidence and make unsupported claims.

  • Re:Won't happen (Score:3, Informative)

    by CastIronStove (2602755) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @08:56PM (#45874559)

    Your argument: "Being poor does not stop people from buying smart phones". The evidence for your conclusion: seeing many panhandlers and other assorted "street people" using smart phones. While your anonymous anecdotal evidence is compelling, the counter argument "poor people are less likely to own a smart phone" is backed by actual "research". For instance, a Pew study published in 2011 that considered the adoption rates of smartphones among different demographics concluded that

    Smartphone ownership is highly correlated with household income.

    (link []), drawing this conclusion from the 22% ownership rate among households with an annual income of less than $30,000.

  • Re:So now... (Score:4, Informative)

    by plover (150551) on Monday January 06, 2014 @01:28AM (#45875965) Homepage Journal

    The biggest threat is with the potential for voter coercion. A voting booth is private: you are isolated from everyone else, and therefore you can't prove you voted one way or another to someone else. But if he's standing behind you while you vote, you can sell your vote, or even be coerced into voting against your will.

  • by Casandro (751346) on Monday January 06, 2014 @03:02AM (#45876223)

    it would not be democratic, at least not by German standards, since the layperson cannot check it. Even if it's secure, which it cannot be, you need at least a degree in mathematics and several days of work to understand and check it yourself. Since a voting system must be resistant to large scale attacks, i.e. the government conspiring against the voters, it is vital that everybody can check it for themselves.

    With pen and paper everything is easy to check. You look into the ballot before it is sealed, you check if everyone just throws in one ballot, and on the end you can count the ballots easily. This is something which can be checked trivially.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers