In a state whose gubernatorial election made the Presidential election of 2000 look settled, Washington state decided to try voting online.
The State Quarter Advisory Commission initially allowed an unlimited number of votes from a single Internet address so family members sharing a computer could each make a pick, spokesman Mark Gerth said.
But that philosophy was abandoned after the weekend’s voting, which showed some computers casting repeated choices for a quarter design faster than humanly possible.
“You could sit there and watch 200 votes appear over the course of a couple of minutes, obviously going a little too fast,” Gerth said.
“We hadn’t counted on, I guess, the over-enthusiasm of people,” Gerth said.
We tried voting by email in college. I was among those who got to verify that a person was a student for the set of ballots I was responsible for. The next election we had more secure voting through the authenticated campus computer system. I don’t know how the data was stored behind the scenes, but it makes sense that the maintenance of a system for a few thousand students was a lot simpler than a system for millions of voters. This type of behavior in Washington state doesn’t enhance my trust of computerized voting.
Speaking of voting…the now-deceased singer of “Mother-in-Law” is running for mayor of New Orleans. If he can get the dead voting bloc instead of Mayor Ray Nagin, maybe this goofy election will end up being reasonably fair.