Peggy starts the show by talking about the widespread wearing out of voting machines as a major concern among American voters. She explains voting technology is the next big issue in election administration in the U.S., and elections seem stuck in the past.
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2 02 State of Election Technology
Merle King, executive director, Center for Election Systems, Kennesaw State University, says the mechanics of collecting votes has been different in the terms of the sheer volume and velocity of discussion than it has in the past. He explains a voting system is a very specifically designed collection of components that does a simple set of tasks including capture voter intent, tabulate results of the ballot, produce reports, provide auditing, and permit the definition of an election.
3 03 Cybersecurity and Elections
Merle King, executive director, Center for Election Systems, Kennesaw State University, continues the discussion, and talks about voting online. He says voting is different is different from other forms of transactions, and the issue is there isn’t anything that is analogous to it in terms of the transaction, and it has to do with the secrecy of the ballot. He explains we are in the infancy of Internet voting.
4 04 The Future of Voting
Peggy takes listeners to the future, predicting a time when voters won’t have to go to a polling place at all, and instead this will all be able to be done securely from devices. However, she says first it starts with ensuring we can keep the data secure, and this is what the industry needs to work on in the next four years.