Electronic voting was all the rage in 2002. “No more hanging chads!”
Today, electronic voting is on the way out. It’s back to paper ballots.
Why? Because state governments cannot afford to replace the electronic machines. Anyway, that’s the official excuse.
State governments are politically incapable of putting aside money to replace capital. Businesses that fail to do this go out of business. But states do not go out of business. They just allow projects that require capital replacement to wear out. You know: things like roads, water systems, and bridges.
There was some concern over stolen elections by means of voting machines. Now America is returning to the tried and tested means of stealing elections: paper ballots.
Someday, voting will all be online. “There’s an app for that!”
If robots ever can be programmed to think, will they be allowed to vote?
Will there be a Turing test for robotic candidates? “If a robot sounds as deceptive as a politician, should it be allowed to run?”
Will android politicians dream of electric sheep?
Will a robot ever be elected President?