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Legal The mounting irregularities of closed-source proprietary e-voting systems clearly show the need for a new approach to securing elections in the U.S. -- one centered on the use of open source technologies, writes Paul Venezia. 'It's time for us to make good on the promise of open elections and open our e-voting systems as well,' Venezia writes, outlining the technical blueprint for a cheap, secure, open source e-voting system. The call for open voting systems has grown louder as of late, with several projects, such as Pvote and the Open Voting Consortium, demonstrating how the voting booth could benefit from open source code. Such systems are already securing elections in Australia and Brazil.
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Secure E-Voting
by Ranger on Tue 28th Oct 2008 01:23 UTC
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In my opinion, Secure E-Voting is an oximoron.

I live in a state where there's a saying, "In every cemetary, at least 10% of the people buried still actively vote in every election."

And it's the truth.

What good is having secure e-voting if proper identification and even the registration process is flawed?

Previous comments regaring a broken system are quite correct. There's a lot of voter fraud involved with registration as well as who is actually casting the ballot.

My personal desire is to see the following:
1. Use of valid picture ID card when you arrive to vote. Many areas do NOT require proof of who you are in order to vote. No national ID card, just a state driver's license.
2. Return to paper ballots for all elections. I believe that this is still the best system and election fraud is far less.
3. Allow people to register to vote at various agencies such as Post Offices, Police Stations, Libraries, etc. Wait! Some areas allow this! But not all.
4. Utilize Census data as a partial means of identification at registration or at elections.
5. Get rid of the agencies that register people to vote as they're just another uneccessary cog in the over-weighted wheel.

My thoughts.

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