What's the (security) problem to be solved by automatic/electronic voting machines? It's probably not the security of voting (unless one defends that our democracies have been built for 2 centuries on bad manual voting procedures, something I would certainly not adhere to). In fact, (computer) security is the problem such machines are going probably going to create, not solve. Then what? The counting speed? The cost of the election? Well, I am really skeptic that such issues are so bad currently that they would be enough to motivate the potentially huge investment needed for highly secure voting machines. First of all, I think we need a real multi-party qualification of why we need to build a voting *machine* at all. PS: "Because it's fun" may be the best answer know to me up to now... :-)
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