Sunday, November 4, 2012

The election is tainted already and it is days before deciding on our next President. An election is a thing that all Americans should be able to participate in no matter their circumstance or location as long as they can prove somehow that they are a citizen in good standing in this country. We can transfer millions in dollars on our computer but yet the Board of Elections still can't find a way we can just send in our vote.
I have a friend that just moved from state to state and was told she can't vote because she did not register 30 days ago. Well, things happen like the disaster in the North East where suddenly your town has 4 feet of sand in the streets and your home is washed away. Yes, little things like that happen to Americans now over night and then they are told they can’t vote.
It is reassuring that one Governor has the sense to make a good decision. Governor Chris Christy of New Jersey will allow residents displaced by Super Storm Sandy to vote by email or fax. Officials announced Saturday, November 3rd that registered voters can vote electronically. A resident must submit a mail-in ballot application by fax or email to the local county clerk.
When the request is received, a ballot will be emailed or faxed back. Ballots must be returned no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day. Well that seems simple enough. Why isn’t this option available to every American in every State of The United States of America?
New Jersey’s Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno says the effort will help alleviate pressure on polling places Tuesday. New Jersey is using military trucks in place of damaged polling places. Yes, finally the United States Military is doing something for Americans instead of spending our billion dollar Military budget to help the world far away from our shores.
Officials say electronic voting is also an option for emergency workers. The option is already open to New Jersey voters overseas and in the military. Again, Congress should be involved in making these options available to all Americans and for sure participation will increase in the Election process from the elderly vote coming from bed ridden citizens to people that aren’t mobile to get down to the local high school waiting on long lines to flip a switch on an antique metal voting machine that looks like it was just taken out of a 1940’s movie set.
Does email voting make sense for New Jersey during this emergency? It's hard to say one way or the other without a lot more information than has been released so far about how the system will work and how it will be secured. The security implications of voting by email are, under normal conditions, more than sufficient to make any computer security specialist recoil in horror.
Email, of course, is not at all authenticated, reliable, or confidential, and that by itself opens the door to new forms of election mischief that would be far more difficult in a traditional in-person polling station or with paper absentee ballots. If we worry that touch screen "DRE" electronic voting machines might be problematic, email voting seems downright insane by comparison.
Remember, there were questionable questions about how the votes came in during the last election. In Florida, in particular, where incidentally then Candidate, Bush, his brother was the Governor of that state and the voting practices there was questionable. There was only a few hundred votes difference in deciding that election. Imagine how different things would be if people could conveniently just tap into their mobile phone or any device and cast their vote, things would be much much different.
So, America we want to just phone in the candidate and by the way let's just phone in a job for all Americans. Make it a law that everyone should be able to cast their vote even as far as allowing prisoners for once to vote.  They are still citizens and deserve the right to choose a candidate even if they made poor choices in their lives.

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