At the federal level, we've seen several horrible bills introduced (and passed, in some cases) that are designed to curtail online rights and actions and provide for government intervention in Internet-based communications. If only there was such pressure to ensure that every vote is counted and to prevent false tallies in the very process that built this country.
In an era of unprecedented communications ability and unprecedented technology, problems with the hardware required to cast a secure ballot are simply unacceptable. Yet they persist and apparently few people seem to care.
Of course, there's a simple solution to this problem: stringent regulation of companies that produce voting machines. I'm not talking about the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines or random auditing -- I'm talking about stem-to-stern regulations on electronic voting machines, absolutely mandatory paper receipts, and required security clearances for those responsible for designing, programming, and repairing the systems. I've never been a fan of politicians making laws about technology they don't understand, but this isn't legislation about the technology itself. It's legislation to prevent a serious, contemporary, human problem that arose with a new century.
I greatly appreciate that when I buy a steak at the store, I have a high expectation that the USDA regulations have ensured it won't kill me. I only wish I had the same trust that any modern election was accurate.
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