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WA Election To Try Online Voting 304

Posted by Soulskill
from the opportunity-cost dept.
AuMatar writes "According to the Seattle Times, the King Conservation District is going to allow online voting to combat chronic low turnouts. You can already view the voting portal. As a citizen of WA seriously concerned with politics, anything that completely removes a paper trail like this scares me. Luckily, this is probably the least important election in the state. I wonder if anyone will hack the election so 300% of voters vote for Firefly or Stephen Colbert or something."
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WA Election To Try Online Voting

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  • VoteBook! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TaoPhoenix (980487) <> on Monday February 21, 2011 @05:14PM (#35271928) Journal

    I'll ignore your sarcasm and raise you total seriousness. The big problem with voting right now is we're pitted against each other in a kind of prisoner's dilemma. But if we really applied social networking (Assuming no fraud for now) we could thrash it among ourselves to organize the nation's voters, where suddenly Democrat, Republican, Tea, Libertarian, & Green ALL find themselves bewildered on the streets as a really honest smart tech president cruises into office.

  • by commodore6502 (1981532) on Monday February 21, 2011 @05:23PM (#35272022)

    Low turnouts are good.

    It means only people who CARE about the election, and likely did actual research, are casting ballots. The rest are just re-electing the same damn idiot, because they recognize the name - like visiting McDonalds because you're afraid to try something new. (I know - I did the same thing when I was 20 and stupid.)

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.