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It took Hurricane Sandy to Catch the First Glimpse of Online Voting in the U.S.

Doris Yee

The New Jersey Department of State has issued a directive today to county elections officials to permit New Jersey registered voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy to vote electronically.

Elections in the United States aren't perfect. There's plenty of room for improvement. In this age of the internet, an obvious solution for many is remote internet voting — an option that seems more palatable every year given the adoption of PCs, mobile devices, and broadband internet.

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  • StuartStuart

    This headline is actually not entirely true. These services were already offered to NJ citizens who live overseas (im assuming on work visas and such) and are still citizens or are in the armed forces. They are just having to extend it to others.

    • Doris YeeDoris Yee

      You might be right. But as someone who has had to vote overseas, I believe for a majority of common circumstances - it's still a paper absentee ballott that needs to be mailed in (whether you're on a student or work visa). I'm not sure how those in the armed forces are judged when it comes to voting (which now I'm very curious). I think my point was this is a situation where individual cases are not examined (like those who request an absentee ballot and need to submit viable reasons). Regardless, I think online voting needs to be extended without providing an argument for it.