E-Voting: Promise or Peril?

Fifty million Americans will use touch-screen voting systems to elect the next president this November. It is part of a nationwide bid to eliminate voting error and fraud, but an ever-growing group of critics claims that electronic voting machines will create more abuse and uncertainty than before.

Most residents of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will encounter touch-screen voting machines when they go to their polling places on Election Day, and while state officials insist that they are nearly impervious to outside attack, some experts fear that electronic voting will fail to deliver on digital democracy.

-- By Robert MacMillan

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