Democracy goes online
After the success of online shopping, it was inevitable. The Arizona Democratic Party will hold the first legally binding Internet vote for public office in March. A New York software company is using the electronic election as the first real-life demonstration of its software, which it says will show that online voting is a reliable method of choosing presidential candidates.
To vote for Al Gore or Bill Bradley online, each registered Democratic voter will be assigned a personalized digital certificate, through a partnership with VeriSign, that uniquely identifies the voter. On March 11, about 50,000 primary voters are expected to participate. Paper ballots will still be available at polling locations.
Internet voting is putting “the tools of technology in the hands of democracy,” said Joe Mohen, CEO of Votation.com, which has already co-ordinated elections for unions and associations.