MrSeb writes: "It’s election day in the United States. As I write this, thousands of Americans are lining up at polling stations around the country to decide the outcome of numerous political races — and, of course, whether Barrack Obama will remain the 44th president of the United States of America, or if Mitt Romney will supplant him to become the 45th. In the majority of cases, your vote will be cast by secret ballot — stepping into a booth and marking a piece of paper, or pushing a button on a machine — but many will also vote by absentee ballot. Absentee voting in the US ranges from paper ballots mailed in by voters, all the way through to email voting for overseas citizens and military. This year, New Jersey has opened up email voting to those who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. This has led many to ask a rather interesting question: Why not just allow everyone to vote via email? Heck, let’s go one better: Why can’t Americans vote via the internet? The United States, with an average turnout of 48%, has one of the worst voter turnouts in the world. The general consensus is that e-voting (internet voting, email voting, SMS voting, telephone voting) would lower the barrier to entry, thus increasing turnout. Suddenly, all of those people without a car, on holiday, or too busy at work, would be able to cast their vote. Viva la democracy, right? Wrong. For political, democratic, and security reasons, e-voting will almost certainly never take off in the US."
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