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ERIC Number: EJ847573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1071-6084
One Man One Vote: Trust between the Electorate, the Establishment, and Voting Technology
Robertson, Laurie
Journal of Technology Studies, v32 n2 p85-89 Spr 2006
Historically any U.S. voting technology is burdened from its very inception with the expectation of technologically ensuring voting integrity. Voting is an officially sanctioned social activity/ritual in a technologically-focused nation, so U.S. voters arrive at the polls expecting that voting technology will ensure that their vote "counts. But no matter what voting technology is used, any election system must be approachably voter friendly while simultaneously satisfying hard technical criteria such as system reliability and availability, integrity, data confidentiality, operator authentication, and system accountability. The mantra of the U.S. voting establishment is "One man, one vote," so it is understandable that voting machines are the lightening rods for electoral integrity, but voting is a process performed and administered by humans. No matter what voting technology is used, cumulatively individual mistakes and misperceptions can undermine voter confidence. Ironically the current electronic voting hysteria focuses on one of the more trustworthy components--the technology of voting. In this article, the author talks about the prominence of voting technology and argues that voting machines are only a technology situated within an electoral infrastructure. The author stresses that while voters and the popular press obsess about new or obsolete voting technology, the overall establishment remains pretty much unchanged.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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