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Proposal paper - Electronic Voting Jeff Mylet Government and Law 378 Dr Cohen There are people working on developing technological breakthroughs

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Electronic Voting Jeff Mylet Government and Law 378 Dr. Cohen 4/23/2008
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There are people working on developing technological breakthroughs throughout the world every single day. This new technology may greatly affect many of us. At the same time, some of us may not be affected at all by it. This idea holds so far holds true for the topic of electronic voting; it hasn’t affected all of us, and it may never get the chance to. In several recent elections, new technology has been utilized in the voting and election process. Some of the reasons behind conducting elections this way are because it is hoped that electronic voting will increase voter turnout and convenience, and increase voter confidence in the results. There have been mixed reviews about the results of conducting these elections electronically. Some feel that it is merely a sign of our country’s technological progress and that it is more efficient than old voting machines. Others favor the traditional voting methods, and don’t understand or trust electronic voting. Strong cases can be made for both sides, given the results of specific elections. For instance, those in favor of electronic voting might cite the data from the 2004 Arizona Democratic Presidential Primary as an example of electronic voting being a success. However, those against electronic voting have more notable examples to call upon for their argument; namely the 2000 Presidential election in Florida. We are in a unique position politically speaking in our present time. We are at war overseas, our current President’s unpopular reign is coming to an end, and for the first time we have a black man and a woman as two of the top three candidates running for President. With the Iraq situation, our nation’s struggling economy, and gas prices soaring; more people are probably going to be inclined to vote in the next few months than in any other election to date. Therefore, an honest, reliable, fail-proof method of voting should be implemented by each state before this election, in order to see that our citizens’ voices are 2
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correctly heard. The question now is: Is electronic voting the best method for conducting
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course THTR 201 taught by Professor Placke during the Spring '08 term at Lafayette.

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Proposal paper - Electronic Voting Jeff Mylet Government and Law 378 Dr Cohen There are people working on developing technological breakthroughs

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