Voting: Can It Go Wrong?
The articles we read about voting were compelling because we tend to think that our elections are flawless and that nothing can and will go wrong with them. As we saw with, "Warning: Your Vote May Be Lost" and ES&S Voting Machines in Michigan Flunk Tests, things do go wrong at voting polls. The electronic ballots have all sorts of things that are wrong with them. They don't record the votes right, they say you voted for the other person and they stop working entirely. You would think that the federal government would be more concerned about this because we portray ourselves as a role model democracy yet we our democracy can't even run correctly. I'm surprised by the lack of intervention by the government to correct something like this.
There have been many problems with voting since voting even started. The punch ballots wouldn't punch through all the way so they were counted as invalid. The touch screens have their own problems as we saw with the readings and even the regular paper ballots have machine problems such as not accurately counting the votes.
The documentary we watched opened my eyes to something that I never thought could even be possible: hacking voting machines. The way the Diebold was so careless with their "secret code" was ridiculous and they should be put out of business. The people in the documentary were so dedicated to making sure that the elections were fair that their work should really be recognized more so than it was.
I didn't know that hacking electronic machines was even possible. This just shows that if technology gets in the wrong hands, it can have a negative impact on an entire country. I feel like with something so important such as our voting system and our democracy, people would be more careful and create codes that are more complicated so that hacking into the system is nearly impossible.
It's hard to figure out how to regulate this though because everybody in the country will have a biased opinion since everyone wants the person they're voting for to win. Who will regulate it that will have an unbiased opinion? Within politics, so much corruption happens that the public doesn't know about it. No politician is perfect. It's the name of the game. The reason Diebold was still running and their machines were being used was probably because the politician they raised money for, helped keep them afloat.
I think the best thing we can do is really hope that things get better for our voting system. It's hard to attack the federal and state governments because they have so much power over citizens. A good politician would listen to the public and take action. As for technology, we can only hope that someone comes up with a better method that won't fail us. But technology is not always reliable. Maybe some day it will be perfected.