Electronic Voting (pg 295)

Mackenzie Smith



  • Using electronic voting systems, voters travel to a voting station as usual and authenticate themselves, but instead of writing their vote on a paper ballot and having that counted by hand, they use a computerized system.
  • HAVA- Help America Vote Act was passed in 2002 to create a federal agency and provide funding to improve voting systems in the United States.
  • India has also implemented widespread electronic voting systems in the 2014 elections.
  • Optical Scanning Electronic Voting Systems: People cast their vote on a paper ballet and the system uses OMR technology ("scantron" technology) to count the vote. This is the simplest type of e-voting system
  • Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machines: These are the systems that allow the voter to cast their ballot on a touchscreen, and the vote is tallied right on that machine. They are saved in that machines memory and are counted later

Internet Voting Systems

  • Internet voting systems are slightly different than e-voting systems because internet voting systems allow the user to cast their vote from a different location than the voting site.
  • Public Network Direct Recording Electronic (PNDRE) system: allows voters to cast a vote from any internet connected device.
  • 3 Primary concerns associated with any voting system:
  1. Secrecy/security
  2. Authenticity of the voter
  3. Integrity of the results

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