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By Richard Celeste, Dick Thornburgh and Herbert Lin (Editors)

ISBN-10: 0309100240

ISBN-13: 9780309100243

Many election officers glance to digital balloting platforms as a way for bettering their skill to extra successfully behavior and administer elections. even as, many details technologists and activists have raised very important matters in regards to the protection of such platforms. coverage makers are stuck in the middle of an issue with either political and technological overtones. the general public debate approximately digital vote casting is characterised by means of loads of emotion and rhetoric. "Asking definitely the right questions on digital vote casting" describes the real questions and matters that election officers, coverage makers, and knowledgeable electorate may still ask in regards to the use of pcs and data know-how within the electoral method - focusing the talk on technical and coverage matters that desire resolving. The file unearths that whereas digital balloting platforms have more suitable, federal and kingdom governments haven't made the dedication beneficial for e-voting to be customary in destiny elections. extra investment, learn, and public schooling are required if e-voting is to develop into achievable.

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VOTING TECHNOLOGIES 39 the numbers on the punch card with the numbers in the informational booklet for voters. In another, less widely used punch card system, a special device is used to punch holes in a ballot card with the names printed directly on the card. For both systems, multiple punch cards must be used for long ballots. • Optical scan systems (sometimes called Marksense systems) are based on a physical paper ballot on which votes are indicated by the appropriate marks. An optical scanner then reads these marks when the ballot is fed into it, and votes are tabulated electronically.

Computer-based systems greatly simplify the administrative task of ballot definition. Even from the brief description above, it should be apparent that computer technology and voting and elections intersected long before the public debate about electronic voting systems came to the fore. But as often happens, the importance and greater visibility of the electronic ballot marking systems that voters use directly have highlighted both the potential problems and the new opportunities—and both problems and opportunities are now at the center of the public debate.

For both electronic voting systems and voter registration databases, vendors are often the primary and most important source of expertise. It is not known whether the involvement of private firms tends to improve election administration in some overall sense. Furthermore, it is not clear whether the role of private firms is increasing across the board. Still, to the extent that private firms are involved in those aspects of election administration that relate to electronic voting systems, a number of important questions do arise, some of which cut across other areas discussed elsewhere in this report.

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