What's Wrong With Online Voting?

By Linda Rosencrance TechNewsDaily Contributor | LiveScience.com Nov 2 2012

Internet voting for American citizens is exceedingly dangerous.

That's the opinion of David Jefferson, a computer scientist and chairman of Verified Voting, an election watchdog group based in Carlsbad, Calif.

"I consider voting security to be a national-security issue," said Jefferson. "So it has to be treated with that level of seriousness."

... Those in favor of expanding Internet voting or emailed ballot submissions to the general population point to its speed and convenience.

But computer and network security experts like Jefferson argue that election officials can't guarantee that online-voting technology can meet the security, privacy and transparency requirements necessary for elections — at least not in the near future.

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