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Why can't Americans vote online yet?

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Voters vote early at the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder building in Norwalk on Friday, Oct. 17. Early voting will also take place the two weekends leading up to election day on Nov. 4.
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Voters vote early at the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder building in Norwalk on Friday, Oct. 17. Early voting will also take place the two weekends leading up to election day on Nov. 4.

In the iPhone age, are we any closer to being able to vote online? Take Two talks to David Dill, the founder of Verified Voting, non-partisan non-profit group that advocates for accuracy and transparency of elections.

In less than two weeks about 40 percent of Americans, if history is any guide, will cast their vote in the midterm elections. They will drive to their polling place and punch a hole through a card or perhaps mail in an absentee ballot. 

It seems rather antiquated in the iPhone age, which brings up the question, are we any closer to being able to vote online? To help answer that, Take Two spoke with David Dill.

Dill is a professor of computer science at Stanford and founder of Verified Voting, non-partisan non-profit group that advocates for accuracy and transparency of elections.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

We do a lot of things online, like banking, that require security. Why not voting?

Why can't you just get a receipt?
So that's more the problem than the technology?
So in that case will we never have online voting?
Some other countries are testing, if not already doing this. Estonia has online voting.
Do you feel there's much movement in the U.S. to lobby for online voting and solve all these big problems you're talking about?
If online voting isn’t the answer are there other things we can do to improve the voting system and increase turnout?

Internet voting has been shown, time and time again, to not affect voter turnout. People keep coming up with ideas to make voting more cool for young people such as using electronic voting and Internet voting and the places where it's tried, it really hasn't increased voter turnout.

Why? That also seems counterintuitive.

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