Digital Democracy: Is America Ready?

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 7:29am

Many believe the time for online voting has arrived.

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.

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