Pipsy 
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Re: “Charleston County considering a switch to paper ballots

I think an analogy is the best way to describe how flawed the current electronic system is.

Let's say that Microsoft Word is the Electronic Voting Machine.
And a hand written paper letter is the paper ballot method.

Suppose there is a small election of 200 votes and a hacker/theif manages to steal the copies of the votes. If he stole them electronically (Microsoft Word) by hacking it would be enticingly easy to be able to change, delete, or copy the information because locating where it is via computer is a simple as just typing the word and hitting the search button.

Now suppose the paper letters/votes are stolen by physical theft and now the theif has to read through each individual paper and look manually for the information he wants to change and somehow match each unique handwriting style from his own and making each piece of paper look as it hadn't been tampered with. This is a long, harsh, and tedious process that hardly can be done.

The average person and by average I mean most people aren't interested or educated into technology and software to a professional degree. Speaking as a person who has come to familiar terms with hacking and software, any type of electronically configured device can be tampered into much more conveintly with less of a trace compared to paper.

The "just fix them and change them so it's easier" idea comes from the same people who hit "I accept" instantly to an apps terms when installing it, rather than reading that they just accepted a flashlight app has permission to monitor your network history.

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Posted by Pipsy on May 22, 2013 at 5:36 PM
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