i read an article about the company diebold that makes voting machines and also atm's. the article was about a windows worm invading embedded windows xp atm's(made me think why in hell use a windows on a atm anyway and not some custom made bsd, better safer cheaper). but to get to the point, it also made me think about voting machines.
WHY WOULD ANY ELECTION ON EARTH NEED VOTING MACHINES?
i dont understand the need for them.
i am used to vote by crossing the box of the party/person i vote too and then folding that sheet of paper or putting it in an envelope and then in the voting box that stands in a public place.
you identify for vote with your id/passport at the school/other public place where the voting takes place. there representatives from every party and other volunteers all conduct the process together and ensure that it all goes on in the proper way. so one person one vote, and when the voter didnt make a proper vote, i.e. tick more then the appropiate boxes or has written paroles etc onto the sheet the vote by law is not to be counted.
i do not see any practical way to manipulate those "old school" voting/election system we use here, and dont understand the need of voting machines at all(it has been discussed here aswell).
i think they only get bought to please the industry. i have yet to see a voting machine solution that is safer then the pen+paper method in terms of tamper resistance.
it raises alot of why and what for questions but nowhere i have seen a good reason for those machines.
here in germany pen+paper elections take about 4 hours to materialize more or less accurate results that represent the final result by about 98% and the final count is done in less then 24hrs. so speed doesnt really justify the investments especially since people go to office a few weeks or months later anyway.
so my question to the ppl here: what is the purpose of voting machines?