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Should voting using a smartphone or a tablet be allowed?

0. phoneArena 06 Nov 2012, 08:33 posted on

The year is 2012. The number of people that own a smartphone, a tablet, or both, is steadily increasing. And that should come as no surprise as users can do so many things on them - surf the web, watch movies, manage their bank account, or even buy airplane tickets. At the same time, the said types of devices are becoming more and more affordable, thus allowing one to own one without that burning a hole through their wallet. Yet voting for president using a smartphone or a tablet is not an option. Why is that?...

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posted on 06 Nov 2012, 10:41

19. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


I would never VOTE ON A iPAD. But today i voted not too long ago but could't see what kind of tablet they use to fine your registry name.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 10:55 3

20. mdwire5 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


I mean I'm already voting on a touchscreen computer in the voting place, so whats the difference if its a touchscreen computer at home? You're telling me those computers aren't hackable? If there's a will, there's a way, folks.

I believe if people were sent say 32 digit voting passcodes in the mail that would then authenticate the voter and then track ip address of the device voting followed by restricting that ip address from voting again, electronic voting from home could be feasibly done. Sure that would screw one computing device families but atleast its a start.

Actually, concerning smartphones and tablets, cellular networks are typically more secure than you're WiFi network anyways. So, less chance of votes being manipulated in that scenario.

The point I think electronic voting is really going to address is the actual number of voters really participating. Sure, call people lazy all you want, but more than likely you're being hypocritical if you use ANY online service mentioned in the article.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 11:35 1

23. Deadeye37 (Posts: 180; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


Here's my idea. Have a special app that is loaded onto a phone/tablet that has NFC. The voter gets a special QR code from the voting station that is assigned to the person. The person scans the QR code in the app that brings up the ballot for the person. The person fills out the ballot in a secure room and then goes to a station with the NFC reader. The person uploads the ballot via NFC. A paper copy of the ballot is printed via a thermal receipt printer for verification and audit purposes. The voter then gets an I Voted sticker.

As a bonus, the voter can get a code that allows ther person to download a wall paper (live or static) of their favorite presidential candidate doing the Gangnam Style dance.

If NFC is secure enough for transactions, it should be secure enough for voting. I think this would help reduce the lines since the bulk of the time at the voting booth is trying to decide which canidate to vote for along with vast number of propositions that needs to be voted on.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 12:02

25. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Definitely No way in hell, politics are dirty enough as is. The last thing we need to do is make it even easier for them to cheat. If you need convenience that bad that you can't do a simple task once EVERY FOUR DAMN YEARS then hit the gym or put down the video games and Ho hos. There are too many issues with voting online to move in that direction. Ex) cheating, misleading, tracking (eliminating privacy). Just being a few of the reasons.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 14:09

31. imkyle (Posts: 1079; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Somethings needs to stay the same, and this is one of them.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 19:10

36. CliffordVII (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


hmm...Well you and I don't elect the president. The Electoral College elects the president and we sort of elect the voters (senate/HoR)... We (citizens) don't vote directly at the president because the founding fathers came to a conclusion that we (citizens) are too "simple". The Electoral College are more informed although that might not be true all the time with the two parties~~ So when we go to the polls to vote we are just voting for the parties... demo or rep D: and the winner takes all...

I think voting on smartphone and tablets should be allowed with counter measures against threats. Would be fun to see where this country is heading if everyone is able to vote with smartphones even though some of us already know where we are headed...Too bad I can't vote cuz I'm not a citizen yet D: fees too d**n high!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 19:11 1

37. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I am for embracing technology. I think that the best way to go about it is to embrace the technology instead of sticking with the paper ballots. There is no more risk of voter fraud using this method as opposed to old school. In fact, why stop at the once every 2 year elections? (President is every 4, yes, but representatives are every 2 and sometimes senate elections will land on years with no president elections since they're every 6) Why not cut out a lot of the beuracracy and be able to directly vote on issues, from our phone or computer? We have the technology now to make a true democracy. What better way to take the money out of politics than for the people to be their own politician?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 19:28

38. Bfrenz (Posts: 148; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


No way. Its pur ultimate right and phones are more pro.e to danger,our countries fate should be in our hands not in a phone or tablet.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 19:30

39. Bfrenz (Posts: 148; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Typo: our,prone and country's.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 17:58

40. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 219; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


It should stay old fashioned simply because the last thing we want is a hacker breaking in and stealing peoples votes.

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