Election Technology: Maddeningly 20th Century
Today being election day, I am forced to wonder: Why cannot the United States come up with a voting system that's more reliable, easy-to-use and verifiable than the Iraqi blue-ink-on-the-finger method?
Here's yet another story in today's Post about worries the voting machines won't work. As late as last week, pollworkers were scrambling to get trained on machines.
Even though a federal law was passed in 2002 requiring the notoriously flawed punch-card (remember Hanging Chads?) and lever machines be phased out by today's election, they are still in use in some states.
Technology is amazing. We have biometric palm and retina scans for identification. Lexus has just rolled out a sedan that will parallel park itself. No kidding. Fast food drive-throughs now let you scan your credit card at the menu, removing precious seconds between you and your Big Buford burger.
Is it asking too much to come up with reliable, verifiable technology that will make it as easy and accurate to exercise our primary democratic right as it is to download a song for 99 cents?
Today In the Post:
* So, you've got a job interview and you can't remember if those embarrassing pictures of you and that armadillo are still up on the Internet somewhere. Wired News writes about a startup, ReputationDefender , that -- for a fee -- will scour the Web and work on your behalf to remove embarrassing or potentially subpoenable activities you may have engaged in.
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Posted by: Squeegie | November 7, 2006 4:27 PM
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