Sunday, November 04, 2012

In wake of Sandy, New Jersey residents to be allowed to vote by email, fax

It's hard to believe in this age of Voter ID, which is actually being used as a form of voter suppression and poll tax by GOP state legislatures, but something long-desired by many is coming to voting, with credit given to Hurricane Sandy. Registered voters in New Jersey who have been displaced by that superstorm will be allowed to vote by fax or email in Tuesday's upcoming election. News of the voting changes first emerged on Saturday.

Along with a dozen other states, New Jersey already allows overseas and military voters to return signed ballots electronically. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said:
To help alleviate pressure on polling places, we encourage voters to either use electronic voting or the extended hours at county offices to cast their vote."
Voters can apply to have a ballot sent to them online; when it is returned to state election officials, they will cross-check the form and authenticate the voter's ID.

Only a few countries in the world have even experimented with Internet-based voting. Those include Canada, Latvia, and Sweden with Estonia the only country that allows universal Internet voting. To do, however, Estonia uses a system built on the Estonian ID card. According to Wikipedia:
The card is a regular and mandatory national identity document as well as a smart card allowing for both secure remote authentication and legally binding digital signatures by using the Estonian state supported public key infrastructure.
Interestingly enough, electronic voting machines - as opposed to this type of Internet-based voting - has been harangued for being easily hacked, leading to voter fraud of the type that can be conducted only by organizations such as the GOP, rather than individuals.

It has been known for some time that the GOP wants less, rather than more, people to vote. This is what noted conservative pundit Paul Weyrich said (video embedded) about voting, back in 1980:
I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our (GOP) leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.

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