Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pew Center on the States’ plans to modernize overseas voting don’t include remote Internet voting

The Pew Center on the States is working to modernize the system that allows military and overseas voters to participate fully in stateside elections. According to their web site:

“The Pew Center on the States is committed to ensuring that the election system works optimally for all voters, including those serving in our armed forces and civilians living overseas. Currently, our outmoded system hinders this important group by not giving them time to vote. Pew supports reforms that will bring 21st century technology to America’s election system and guarantee all citizens abroad can participate in our democracy from a distance.”

Their commitment to “bring 21st century technology” to overseas voting does not, however, extend to the use of the Internet for the casting and collection of ballots.

According to Pew Center on the States spokesperson Olivia Doherty, “we have only advocated for using the Internet to send blank unvoted ballots to those voters but have not weighed in on the casting of ballots online.”

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