Is e-voting ready for prime time?
September 27, 2004
BY MICHAEL KRAUSS
Whether you vote for
Kerry or Bush, Obama or Keyes, one thing is certain. You won't
vote over the Internet in Illinois in this election.
was a view three or four years ago that Internet voting was around
the corner," says Cook County Clerk David Orr. "That's
no longer the case because of two issues, security and equity.
You can't put in an election system unless there is equal access."
voting will be absent from the ballot come November, electronic
voting is still an issue. It will be debated Friday when Richard
Balough, a private attorney and associate director of the Center
for Information Technology and Privacy Law at John Marshall Law
School, hosts a bevy of electronic voting experts for a public
symposium titled, "E-lection 2004: Is E-voting Ready for
experts talk about electronic voting, they're not merely describing
on-line voting. They're concerned about all the ways voters interface
with computers at the polls. This includes electronic touch-pad-based
voting booths where the data is collected on a computer but not
connected to the Internet.
addressing our readiness to vote with electronic support will
be Doug Chapin, director of electionline.org; James Scanlon, an
attorney with the Chicago Board of Elections; Richard Barnett,
an elections activist, and Orr. Linda Crane, associate dean at
John Marshall will moderate.
who chairs the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition, will also
be on hand. She sorted out Florida's latest voting snafu where
electronic voting records were lost and later recovered.
is not in the forefront of electronic voting," Balough says.
"In Cook County, we will still be using punch cards."
might not sound satisfying given Florida's experience with hanging
chads and disqualified ballots, Balough is reassuring.
He notes that
procedures were added in recent primaries to protect voters. After
voting, a citizen's punch card is inserted into another machine
that alerts the voter of over-voting (voted for two or more candidates
for one office) or of under-voting (didn't cast a ballot for an
office). Voters have the choice to vote their ballot as punched,
or get a new punch card. The old one is destroyed, and voters
can cast a new one.
very much in the forefront of protections for electronic voting,"
Orr says. "Illinois was the first big state to pass a law
that requires a verifiable paper trail for electronic voting,"
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Michael Krauss is a Chicago-based tech writer and consultant.