LOS ANGELES — Our social lives are conducted on the Internet, along with purchases, entertainment, and cab hailing.
So why are we still using paper ballots to vote for elected officials?
As the long U.S. presidential election cycle comes to an end, and we either vote by mail or stand on long lines Tuesday to cast our ballots, many of us are probably thinking the same thing: really, why not just click a few buttons on a website to make our choice known?
“That’s the best idea I’ve ever heard,” said Erika Malaby of Los Angeles, on a 90-minute wait Monday for early voting. She had registered to vote by mail, but her ballot never arrived. “So here I am,” she said.
Joya Shelton of Los Angeles knows how it goes. She brought along a backgammon board to keep herself busy with a friend while waiting. She’s not looking forward to a shift in how we vote.
“I believe the old school way of voting works,” she says. “Pencil and paper. With electronic voting, I’d be concerned about hacking.”
The risk in moving to online voting: giving up privacy and the "voter fraud," that many candidates and elected officials have talked about during this cycle.