Electronic Voting VerificationSubmitted by GH on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 10:02
Note: I'm not advocating for disposing of the caucusing that some states practice.
Basically, the crux of my argument is that every voter will be able verify their voting results via a website that contains everyone's voting results and an associated anonymous voter identification.
For example, I receive an absentee ballot with a random number (maybe this can be something detachable that indicates your random number and which election this number belongs too). I send in my vote, the vote is counted (i.e. scanned) and the random number which is linked to me is flagged so that I cannot vote more than once. The results will be displayed openly the public, but only I know my random number (and therefore I can verify my vote), so my vote remains anonymous. And if all results for everyone are displayed, it's easily verifiable to count the actual numbers.
If a certain number of people make a complaint (500? 1000?, probably the lower the better) after finding that their results do not match, the proper steps may be taken for a recount/re-vote.
And I can certainly see the internet being used for voting. A secure log-in with your name, voter ID, SSN, etc where you can vote, have your vote flagged that you voted, display the results via your anonymous ID, and mail/e-mail a copy of your vote to yourself.
I think this would also work well in conjunction with ongoing efforts to update active voters lists (although not within a few months of an election), so that if there was cheating, the number of available voters is from a smaller pool so candidates cannot have the deceased or illegals casting votes for them.