I don’t really see how technology is helping our democracy. We seem stuck in prehistoric times while businesses reap all the benefits. Technology is a force that can add much to our country, but until now all we have are really smart phones and personal computers that haven’t changed their function since the early 90s. It is time to start thinking how technology can improve our country and the first place is Voting Online.
We talk about computers and enhanced communication, but if you stop to think about it, how has technology really altered our way of life? Perhaps in the ways cars perform or news arrives faster, but a person born in the 1930s and one born in 1990s can exist just the same. When it comes to our outdated voting system, both age groups only know the lever pulls. It is time for technology finally to help our democracy by making a voting system that is easily accessible, efficient, and safe.
We have a social security number. We have a license if we need it. We have access to computers in every part of the country. Yet according to the article above, security is the reason we are a half a step above punching chads (remember the 2000 Presidential election). If Bill Gates and Microsoft want to improve the quality of life for all Americans, let them develop a system of voting that all Americans, regardless of age, disability, economics, and race can share in making their voice heard.
We like to save our technology for the military or the highly profitable and prestigious medical field. Most of us do not see the advances that technology can have on our daily lives. The reason we do not have voting online is the fear that 90% of the people would vote. The people who do not vote are often poor, working, or move so often they have no idea where to go to vote. With a system on a secure network (who could create a more secure network that #1 military in the world), we would ensure a true democratic election leading to a more representative government able to respond to the majority of American’s needs. Technology would help us improve our nation and our lives.
Voting last week hit some new lows as some districts reported lower than 10% turnout. We need to allow technology to make it easier to vote. Our democracy depends on the people’s voice. The protests and anger towards government is primarily the peope’s reaction to lack of control. We can give the control back with a click of the mouse. It is time to use technology to improve our lives by Online Voting.