According to The Independent, fake votes made their way into the ParisÂ mayoral race. Reporters found it easy to vote under various names, andÂ even voted more than once using the same credit card and computer. OneÂ reporter voted five times, once using the name Nicolas Sarkozy, theÂ former French president.
The online election, originally touted as “fraud proof” and “ultraÂ secure”, has devoled into name-calling and confusion.
Here is the link to the story by the Independent:
Those who advocate online voting have a poor understanding of what aÂ public election is. The public has to be able not only to cast a vote,Â but to see and confirm that all votes are true.
If the public can’t verify that the announced winners are the trueÂ winners, legislation and decisions by those announced persons are not,Â then, authorized by the public. If, for example, taxes are levied byÂ representatives, the taking of such taxes becomes nothing more thanÂ theft, if the public did not authorize the chosing of thatÂ representation.
We tend to see arguments against online voting focus on the concept ofÂ “security”, when the more insoluble problem is that of publicÂ transparency.
Originally published at Black Box Voting