first of all i dont know what system in detail is employed in the u.s. with ballot boxes. the system used here is described above.
secondly i think i laid out the reasons why i prefer the system described earlier and from all the current approaches on voting machines, i have not seen conceptually a system that does indeed work as safe as such a system should work. or they do but in the end are more work intensive as the "old way".
i care about this? because i for one dont like to see the control of the most important thing in a democracy turned over to things not fully proven safe and sound.i think it is one of the most important things for a citizen to worry about the voting process and how these things proceed since that is in fact the base of the whole country and society. and i honestly believe the SAFEST system should be used and not the quickest. so naturally i made up my mind about what a voting system should look like after certain things that happened in florida etc, and that issue came back to my mind with the article about the ATM's infected with a windows worm(i thought wtf windows on atms they should know better then that and even network them in such a way)
i worked in the IT
for 9 years, and im 25 now. i do know what works and what doesnt, and honestly what is currently around doesnt convince me at all.
i prefer the normal way of elections since they are KISS. every person understands ballot boxes and how stuff works, you take current solutions and they are simply not satisfying. in safe mission critical computing fields, "security through obscurity" is not considered secure. and that is exactly the security voting machines usually rely on. look at the dvd copy protection, once it was found out systematically it has been void. safe is only what gives the "attacker" no advantage in terms of accessibility even if he knows all details of what kind of technology employed.
the only concept i see that would work would be standalone voting boxes with an absolute open concept, hardware and software. and have the group that do the counting now just read out whatever counters the thing has behind a locked and sealed door that has been reset before it was set up by the ppl and is still undamaged. a simple counter thing would do.
but that again leads to the issue of people pressing incorrect buttons etc.
everyone knows how to check a box and read a ballot(ok i have seen some failed designs that didnt really work out but thats been dealt with in most democracies i hope) and make an x with a pen.
this is one of the things where i really agree to the "if it aint broke dont fix it" sentence, even tho i usually think it is stupid. but it really applies here