Special Note: This post was written weeks before the U.S. 2020 election and the resulting legal challenges.
Glitches can undermine faith in elections
The sad fact of Western democracies these days is that government officials lean on old, faulty technology to offer up speedy — but not necessarily accurate — election results.
And when election results get muddled due to hacks, ransomware, and sloppy software, the consequences fall on democracy not on the companies that delivered the flawed machines and networks.
As The Atlantic so eloquently put it in their 2018 article, “An Embarrassment of Glitches:”
The article went on to list only 8 examples (there are many, many more) of voting machine glitches impacting election results.
Changing your vote on the fly
Why are there no meaningful consequences when a machine breaks the law?
Democracy, as we know, requires “eternal vigilance.”
Surely regulators could extend this vigilance to the companies that create voting machines to ensure that they are required by law to accurately reflect the will of the people?