I just came back from my polling location to cast my vote in the primaries at Cambridge Elementary School.
Upon my arrival, I was informed that they were having to manually check in voters because the wireless aircard on the notebook computer Bexar County Elections (San Antonio) gave them did not work.
Why did it not work?
Because the voting location was build in the early 1900’s and cellular reception is poor inside the building. I asked the polling supervisor why they did not test this before they opened and she told me that they were not allowed to.
To make matters a bit more comical, it was quite evident to me that the polliing supervisor was also instructing the other volunteers in real time. I politely asked why they did not do training in advance, and she told me that it was almost impossible to get volunteers (or paid staff) to help out.
As I was voting I kept wondering to myself: “why can’t I do this online?”
I file taxes online. I pay the Federal Government for my personal and corporation’s taxes online. My business pays the State of Texas a franchise fee online. I pay my personal and business property taxes online. I pay other bills online. I transfer money to my children online. I invoice clients in the U.S. and in Israel online and get paid through PayPal from all over the world.
If we can have remote drones killing people with computers, surely there must be a way to let me and millions of other vote – online.
Am I missing something?