An ensuing possible election controversy here at CSU exemplifies
a bigger issue that voters should start paying attention to:
technologically advanced elections.
According to a story in today’s Collegian, there is talk that
the Associated Students of CSU election may be recalled because
there may have been a problem with the electronic voting. There is
also some talk of possible voter fraud.
The thing is that something like this is almost impossible to
prove with electronic voting. The only thing that can be tracked is
when votes came in and whom they were for.
This lack of a paper trail is an inherent problem with
electronic voting. Candidates in any election have this extra
option of election fraud because of the technological advance to
Obviously, the paper system has flaws as well (can we say
Florida?), and elections always pose the possibility of fraud, but
pure electronic voting is not necessarily the answer to the
dangling-chads problem of elections past.
A common ground needs to be formed. Possibly letting voters use
electronic voting machines to make and print out paper voting cards
to vote with, or something like that.
Right now, we may not have the right answer, but a combination
of paper and electronic voting is needed, not one extreme or the
Another interesting technological advance to watch is how
candidates are using technology in their campaigns. Before long,
using Web sites and text messaging as campaign tactics may take the
place of the political machine of candidates going door to door and
city to city in person to recruit votes.
It has been reported that in campaigning for the elections
scheduled this year in India, politicians are campaigning through
text messaging. They are sending their campaign slogans and
platforms straight to voters’ cell phones.
Now, I think that would be incredibly annoying and it probably
wouldn’t go over very well here in the United States, but it is a
new technological wave in campaigning.
It is also possible to look up any politician on the Internet.
They all have their own Web sites to present to you their platform,
why you should vote for them and an easy way to contribute to their
For better or worse, technology is infiltrating elections here
and throughout the world. Be ready.