Voting Kiosks

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Voting kiosks are rather controversial. Advocates of voting kiosks claim that placing kiosk enclosures in popular places such as shopping malls will increase voter turnout. It's a little unsettling to think we as a society must pander to such laziness and frivolity, but let's face it, our voter turnout needs some serious improvement. Touchscreen kiosks placed by the Starbucks at the local mall might be just the way to improve it!

Voting Kiosks and Security

One of the arguments against voting kiosks is that these kiosks are not secure. A kiosk is really only as good as its software, and many critics feel that the encryption codes used in February's primary elections were too weak. Hackers could do a lot of damage with an unprotected voting system.

Of course, after the controversy during the Presidential election in 2000, everyone is eager for a solution to voting. No one wants a repeat of the hanging chads of 2000. Those who oppose kiosks for voting simply claim that we could do a whole lot worse than 2000 if we use software that can be tampered with.

Another argument against these kiosks is that many of them came from one company. Opponents feel that kiosks deployed by one company and one company only puts too much power in that company's hands. The fact that the company was not even American (they were Canadian) doesn't necessarily help the cause.

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