The primary means of voting in the USA for many years was through paper ballots. In the late 1800s, this changed as automation was encouraged to count votes. In 2000, the US used voting machines during the electoral process through computer-assisted technology but encountered a voting dilemma the same year. Afterward, purely electronic devices were used, but the damage was done, and a general lack of faith in the technology caused a mistrust of these machines and their accuracy.
Today, due to the issues of ballot design, voting errors, and counting and recounting errors, more sophisticated technology is now being considered over the current ones.
In this episode of The Future Of, Jeff is joined by Gregory Miller, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at OSET Institute, Marcelino Alvarez, Chief Product Officer at Fresh Consulting & Jocelyn Bucaro, Director, Mobile Voting Project, Tusk Philanthropies.
Gregory Miller: The paper ballot is the currency of our democracy. Like paper currency is in the world of finance and economics, I think we’re going to have this problem where it is still a revered element or asset because it can be recounted. You can look at voter intent. You can do a verifiable election with a risk-limiting audit when you have paper ballots. If you don’t have those paper ballots, that evidence becomes incredibly difficult to prove to people.