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Some Americans make case for online voting

7:48 AM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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(NBC) -- The way we vote hasn't changed much over the years.

Many younger Americans, however, feel it's time to go digital with democracy.

"They're use to picking up their phone and voting for 'American Idol' and they all question 'Why can't we do this for the Presidency..why can't we do this for Senate races and others?'" says Kurt Roemer, Citrix's chief security strategist.

However, Roemer thinks the possibility of a hacked vote is keeping us from embracing the concept of an e-vote.

"Today it would be a recipe for chaos because there's way too many ways for someone to subvert the voting process," Roemer says.

Other internet experts, including McAfee's Pat Calhoun, argue online voting is already a reality elsewhere, so why not here?

"The technology is available. It simply needs to be leveraged properly to make e-voting successful," Calhoun says.

That technology is a national government-run digital ID, required right now of members of the military and other federal employees.

"It's essentially a digital representation of you who are and it's signed, it's validated by the government. So, it cannot be replicated. It can't be forged," Calhoun explains.

That may be its biggest hurdle.

With any talk of national id's privacy experts usually scream "Big Brother", which probably explains the current impasse over e-voting.

"The balance at this point has really swung towards privacy and not having a national ID" Roemer says.

So continue to bank and buy online, but for now, you won't be voting there.

NBC

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