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The Advantages, disadvantages, and impact of electronic voting systems on the Presidential election 2008

The Presidential election of 2000 introduced Americans to a problem with electronic voting . A new term , hanging chad ' entered the genre of American society and the history of the United States was changed not only because of the decision of who was to become President , but because it showed the problems electronic voting can produce

Electronic voting first entered the market in 1960 with the punch card system . This system was supplanted by electronic voting systems which gave the capability of votes being electronically tabulated . The next generation of electronic voting machines

was achieved through the use of Electronic Ballet Marker (EBM ) systems . Today , direct-recording electronic (DRE ) voting machine records votes from ballots which are displayed on touch screens . The touching action of the voter is read by computer software which records the voting and the ballot images This data is stored in the software memory components . The advantages of such systems are readily evident . Votes can be tabulated quickly the systems are easy to use with a minimum of instruction , they are purported to be fraud free , and they are cost effective in the long-run Conversely , there are disadvantages to the use of DRE 's . Computers are known to produce errors and may contain bugs ' This makes the system vulnerable . The vulnerability means the election results can be manipulated . It also creates the danger that legitimate election results will not be accepted because allegations of manipulation cannot be refuted conclusively (Jarrett 11-12 ) Yet another difficulty is the lack of...

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