idea for internet voting systemSubmitted by Willl on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 05:09
The apparent voter fraud that is going on in primaries got me thinking. How is it not possible to simply register all votes on a massive, publicly available internet database? IT these days could easily handle the logistics. The down side is that to verify votes, names and ID would have to be taken, so voter anonymity would be lost.
To verify the results of say the Kentucky state primary for example, couldn't all the Republicans who actually voted on the day for Ron Paul, simply register themselves and their details on a website for all to see. We can then count these and compare them to the official results. You don't need people who voted for other candidates to register in order to prove the proportion of votes that should have gone for Ron Paul. Now maybe he really did get only 13%. But this is a way to check.
Of course, if someone really wanted to screw with the system they could attempt to add fraudulent votes. But at the very least that would require them to add IDs of people who never voted, or manufacture false IDs. Ultimately all votes would be checked out because they would all have to correspond to an actual, real person somewhere. It would be very hard to subtract true votes.