Take it slow
- By William Matthews
- Sep 04, 2000
The California Internet Voting Task Force advises "evolutionary rather than
revolutionary change" when it comes to casting ballots online.
A four-step process would permit limited Internet voting and maximum
oversight until election officials are more confident that Internet voting
can be fraud-proofed.
Step 1: Internet voting would begin with voting on computers set up
at polling places. Besides enabling close monitoring by election officials,
this would permit thorough testing of voting systems.
Step 2: Voters would be able to use any polling place. Logging on to
the election Web site would automatically provide each voter with the appropriate
ballot regardless of location.
Step 3: Voters would be allowed to vote from "unattended Internet voting
machines" placed throughout the election district. Voters would be issued
a means of electronic identification, such as digital signatures or personal
Step 4: Voting would be allowed from home, office or anywhere voters
have Internet access. The task force recommends extensive security measures,
including requiring voters to load a clean operating system to protect against