Nowadays, I see with increasing frequency stories about e-voting — voting for regional or national elections via the Internet. The worries about fraud are stated clearly, emphatically, and meaningfully.
But where are the corresponding benefits?
Quicker tabulation? Perhaps. And I guess that’s considered important with today’s MTV’d-attention-span folks.
Cost savings? After all the anti-hacking, equipment procurement and maintenance, and verification costs are added in? I don’t see it.
Smaller margin of error? Nothing that couldn’t be accomplished by more user-friendly paper ballots, IMHO.
Convenience? Those who are mobile-impaired (the handicapped or elderly, for instance) can already request absentee ballots and vote from the comfort of their own home. Heck, nearly ALL of us (at least in California) can actually do so; I’ve voted absentee for the last two years, saving the hassle of fighting the crowds and limited hours at my local polling place.
So am I missing something, or is e-voting actually a “solution” in search of a problem?